• I’m eating what exactly?
    April 24,2013

    I’m eating what exactly?

    I recently ate at a New England chain restaurant. I ordered the grilled seasoned salmon. It was the closest thing to vegetarian on the menu. I’m not a strict vegetarian, and it was also lower in calories than most of the other options. I try to eat healthy even when I eat out. The salmon was cooked to perfection, but I found myself reminded, with each bite, of the newly FDA approved “Frankenfish,” the genetically modified Atlantic salmon that, thanks to a lab, is part Pacific salmon and part eel and isn’t salmon at all. The splicing has created a pseudo-salmon that reaches maturity in 18 months rather than the natural three years.

    Because no laws require the labeling of GMOs I was, possibly, eating “not” salmon, and when you buy salmon steaks at your local or chain market you could also be eating something that is actually not salmon. At this point in time, there is nothing to verify that genetically modified foods are safe to consume; in fact, there are many studies that show just the opposite, such as sterility and tumors in lab rodents fed GMO grains.

    I am not OK being a guinea pig in a biotech experiment. I want a label so that I can decide whether to be a part of that experiment. This is my body, the only body I’ll have in this lifetime, and its health is my responsibility — not the FDA’s, not Monsanto’s. So I need to know what is in my food and if that food has been altered in a lab. Please join me and call your representatives and tell them to vote “yes” on bill H.112, to vote “yes” on labeling GMOs, because you should have the right to know as well.

    Jonathan Forrest


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