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September 20th, 2010
08:04 AM ET

Genetically Engineered Salmon: Sound Fishy?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will decide if the consumption of genetically engineered salmon for humans is safe as early as today. The fish injected with growth hormones are able to reach store shelves in 16 to 18 months versus the industry average 30 months. However critics do have some unidentified health concerns.

Would the use of genetically engineered salmon in everyday restaurants and kitchens cause you to cut back on your intake and purchase of salmon? Tell us what you think. Email us your comments and Kyra Phillips will read some of them during the 10am hour of CNN Newsroom.

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  1. Alex

    Why not? There is no reason to believe these fish are harmful. People hear "genetically modified" and immediately panic. I'm far more concerned about man made toxins in our food supply, overfishing, and other more truly threatening issues than I am about a single gene modification in a salmon.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:19 am |
  2. Catherine

    A Big Fat NO to genetically engineered anything. The fda is being irresponsible in allowing any of these foods to market without extensive testing. Thank you for bringing this to the forefront of the news. Most people don't realize how prevalent and dangerous this is. Please keep up the good work!

    September 20, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  3. cyril dsouza

    from the consumer point of view, will the salmon contain increased amount of growth hormone compared to 'normal' fish?

    September 20, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  4. Dan Doan

    I would like for the company to do some extensive research by having volunteer people eating the genetic fish instead of putting it out in the market so quickly. The only thing that concerned me would be when a person eat the fish, would our body take it in our cells when we break it down when we consume the genetic fish. If so, then what would be the after effects of eating genetic fish long term.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  5. Sharon

    The long term affects of anything genetically engineered will not be known until it is too late - just as with all our medicines - they come out as the panacea - only to be found that in the long term - they cause other problems. We need to stay with what is naturally in our oceans, grown in our soil, and just maybe – we can wipe out all the new health problems we face - just look at our children – when I grew up the word autism, ADHD, etc. did not exist, the proliferation of cancers, MS, etc. in our adults. We would not need to genetically engineer anything if we would clean up our earth.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  6. Sarah Urban- Las Vegas

    If having genetically modified salmon available means a few more people in the world get to eat, I'm all for it. If the critics can't even clearly state what their health concerns are and why, how can the public realistically look at them as anything BUT alarmists?

    September 20, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  7. Southgate Jo

    Sounds delicious ...genetically engineered Salmon. Another example of big corporations finding a way to make more with less. All at the expense of the general public. Brilliant!!!!

    September 20, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  8. Isis R.

    I don't know anyone clamoring for generically engineered fish (untested, at that). At any rate, if there is a market for this fish, let it be clearly labeled as genetically modified and allow those who wish to eat it and those who wish not to, to make a clear choice.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  9. Treva Walden

    Why are we even considering genetically engineered salmon? It is being questioned if hormone residues in the meat of "growth enhanced" animals and can disrupt human hormone balance, causing developmental problems, interfering with the reproductive system, and even leading to the development of breast, prostate or colon cancer. it's all about lining pockets with no consideration of the end results. Let nature take it's natural course.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  10. Antoine

    Gene-altered fish? Bad idea! Have you seen how fast kids are physically maturing these days due to the hormones in our meat already? Less than 2 centuries ago, girls got their period at age 16- now it's at age 9 for some!! Think of the children...

    September 20, 2010 at 8:23 am |
  11. Shane daly

    This is insane. Native salmon are already under extreme pressures from escaped farm raised salmon, which have been domesticated to grow larger and faster. Escaped salmon outcompete natives for resources. Just cause we can doesn't always mean we should.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  12. Lorie

    You've got to be kidding. We need someone to police the FDA. There are too many growth hormonesw in our foods now. Why do they think girls are maturing faster and there are so many younger people with cancer!!! Stop the chemicals and make our food healthier.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  13. revholyh2o

    Once one has started to chew and swallow the "genetically engineered" salmon, that is the end of that food's engineering. It's being DIGESTED, broken down, useful components absorbed. Half or more of everything we eat is genetically modified or "engineered". Chicken with large enough breasts to be turkeys, bug resistant grains, bigger apples and cross bred foods of all kinds. That is food engineering. Farmers have done it for hundreds of years.
    What are those people freaking out over?

    September 20, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  14. Aaron Ross

    You eat chicken that is full of growth hormones that can be passed on to the consumer, but how can DNA sequence be passed on, rather impossible I would think! Genetically modified foods are the answer to getting rid of pesticides and hormones, use science not fear.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  15. Ms Johnnie Williams

    Genetically engineered salmon for humans is a bad ideal, just as bad or worst then the chickens that are fed growth hormones. Chicken is the only meat my grandson will eat and at thirteen he is wearing a size thirteen shoe, he stands about 6 feet and I will not mention his weight, but can you imagine if he were to eat chicken and genetically engineered salmon. I know it age him faster just as the growth hormones in the chicken is making him a giant, he would just be an old giant.
    And we wonder why this country is number one in obesity.......

    September 20, 2010 at 8:30 am |
  16. Laurie Ruhl

    We have already learned that putting growth hormones into the food chain results in the growth of the people eating that altered food. Check the studies done in Puerto Rico in the 80's on young children. America just gets bigger and bigger. Think Dinosaurs. Bigger is not better, faster is not better. Think 'superbugs'. When you alter Nature's balance or timing in one aspect, there is the opportunity for great harm in other areas. So NO. We do not need genetically altered food. Especially we do not need genetically altered food where growth hormones are used. Think cancer cells in breast cancer and prostate cancer. Think diabetes. America needs to be fit and healthy. This plan will not get us there. Vote NO.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:31 am |
  17. Janet Peters

    The most important problem I see happening with this proposal is that you know someone will release these fish into the ocean and that could change the salmon world as we know it. Speeding up the growth cycle could change our world as we know it. Too much food as well as too little food upsets the balance. Not good.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:33 am |
  18. Linda Berry

    Genetically engineered salmon bring back memories of genetically engineered milk, injected growth hormones and Mad Cow Disease. Now they are trying to ply us with salmon injected with growth hormones without knowing the risks. Nor are they are sure they will require these producers to inform the public about what they are eating. As an American consumer, I am fed up (excuse the pun) with being a guinea pig, all in the name of profits. Our livlihoods are one thing–our health is quite another! Yes, this will affect what I eat. I may cut salmon completely out of my diet, if I am not sure what I am eating or how it will affect me and my family.

    Fed Up in Topeka, Kansas

    September 20, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  19. Richard, Kankakee, Illinois

    They are taking genes from plants, animals, and even humans, and putting them into other organisms, that should not have them, if nature did not put them into those life-forms! They are doing a mass field-test on the American people without our knowledge, giving us any choice, or knowing how these mutations will directly affect humans and other life-forms that eat them. There have been outbreaks, and deaths, on a small scale, but this knowledge has been hidden from the public. they are doing away with the natural life-forms by making these mutations, more aggressive even in their mating so that they will be the dominate life-forms that will survive, and they are putting what they call a terminator gene into these fish so that once the natural fish, plants or other animals are gone that we will have to go to the Food Corporations to get food to survive, they are taking total control over life as we know it, they will control all of our food production in time and we as a people will have no say in it at all! In the past they have taken the coat of a cow and bred a pig with that coat so that it is far easier for them to butcher the pig, and because they own the gene they own all of the life-form even when it get out of their control and contaminates our environment and mates with the natural life-forms around us, the courts have said that they own it all, our food belong to the corporations! This is nothing more than food slavery! The control of all our food will be in the hands of no more than six Food Corporations across the world!

    September 20, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  20. Brian Baker

    The FDA should not approve this macro mutant GE'd farmed Atlantic Salmon that has growth genes inserted from the Pout as well as the Chinook Pacific Salmon–without full environmental impact studies and full long term testing on humans. This genetically engineered salmon is being FDA approved as a new "drug". So, why isn't it being given the same long term course of studies and trial testing as any other new drug for human consumption ?

    I'm going to ask Katie Couric to do another interview of Sarah Pallin, my fellow Alaskan Bristol Bay fisher,–to see if Palin will answer Couric's question of: "Is there any other genetically engineered fish that you haven't agreed with, and if so, why ??"

    If the equivalent public and private millions of dollars, decades of time and scientific effort that has been required to develop a mutant GE farmed salmon, with much higher levels of PCB's, dioxins, antibiotics, and other contaminants, –was spent to enhance native wild mother nature's engineered salmon's environment, we would never need any farmed fish, much less genetically engineered ones. One taste should convince anyone !!

    September 20, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  21. Kate

    The real controversy begins here: The reason these companies are trying to find ways to increase the food supply lies in the fact that the earth has enough friable land and resources to support a population of about 4.5 billion people. We now have 7 billion people, which means the earth is incapable of supporting the human population. I don't agree that the end justifies the means however. Frankenfood should be off the table. But how many in the population are going to accept the fact that we have to seriously consider shrinking the population? I am afraid it is going to be one or the other. The fact remains that over 70% of the US food supply now contains GMO food. But it is not labeled as such. Please bring us more facts on this issue. It is a very important one for the public to know about.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  22. Richard, Kankakee, Illinois

    All of these alphabet soup lettered government agencies no longer work to protect the people of America, they spend all of their time trying to force these mutations on the American people, but I am glad that in Europe they have banning our Genetically Modified Food from entering their marketplace, even in China, and Japan they have turned their backs on these freaks of nature, because they have done the test that our government agencies have refused to do to protect us from outbreaks that have occurred here in America! We are going to have to pay more in order to get Non-Genetically Modified Foods (GMO)'s from overseas to stop the testing if we want to survive the coming mass outbreak!

    September 20, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  23. Eric Edwards

    I won't touch it

    September 20, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  24. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The F.D.A. dosnt have a very good track record with food safety ill stick to eating local catfish .

    September 20, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  25. Richard, Kankakee, Illinois

    I remember when they put genetically modified tomatoes on the market, even though test that they did, said that it caused mouth sores, and blisters, all because they were the nice round and red tomato that everyone likes, that did not stop these life-forms from harming other life-forms even though they said that the genes were not harmful, but when they combined it into the new life-forms it did cause a harmful affect to happen to the life-forms that eat them later, but that did not stop them from trying to make a profit knowing all of this, they did not want to waste years of research and lose all those billion, but gladly those tomatoes were bruised very easily and had to be pulled off of the market which save many of us from getting sick!

    September 20, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  26. janice

    There have not been enough studies to prove genetically modified foods will not harm us. We as consumers need to know which foods have been altered.
    We need to say NO to genetically modified fish, and any other genetically modified foods, after all, we are paying for the food we consume!

    September 20, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  27. Richard, Kankakee, Illinois

    Most of these Genetically Modified Food and life-forms no longer have the taste, smell or texture of the life-forms that they are trying to replace, haven't you noticed that rose no longer have a smell to them, that you have to put far more salt and other seasonings and herbs onto them in order to make them taste good to eat. Fish are bigger but tougher to eat and so are the chickens, with the wings and drumsticks that are three times the size of any natural life-form we eat in the past. They have cut the maturity of all the life-forms that they mutated by fifty percent, and made it easier for those life-forms to get sicker due to the growth hormones they are eating to reach maturity so fast , we eat those hormones, and they cause our heart and joint to grow bigger, they cause us to be far more allergenic

    September 20, 2010 at 9:08 am |
  28. Naseer Ahmed

    What does it matter if they genetically alter the Salman. They have already messed up human lives by genetically altering eveeerything else, i.e. Meat, Poultry, Vegetables, grains, Fruits etc. etc.. leading to a sudden spurt in all kinds of deseases ( Cancer, lukemia, heart attacks, diabetes etc. )
    It really won't matter unless the Maerican public wakes up and really starts asserting it's rights.


    September 20, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  29. TMK


    What happens when the genetically modified salmon mate with normal salmon. Genetically modified food sources are a danger to our bodies, especially our children. Money cannot buy the health of people. The FDA needs to rethink and modify their stance on many genetically modified decisions.

    September 20, 2010 at 9:13 am |
  30. Richard, Kankakee, Illinois

    The real truth is that we over produce food here in America, we allow food to rot on the fields because farmers can not get the prices at market that they wants, so we give them welfare that covers all of their loses of their corps, even when the farmer lets food rot on the ground on purpose. They are not doing this to feed the world, they are doing it to control all of our food in the world. In many countries, they are trying to patent foods like tortillas, Peta bread in Mexico, and other dishes from other nations that have existed for hundreds even thousand of years. In third world countries they are on a mass campaign to control dishes, and soon they may even try and patent our good old America Hamburger. Hot-Dogs, and other foods that we eat and love, the corporations are trying to control it all!

    September 20, 2010 at 9:16 am |
  31. Richard, Kankakee, Illinois

    I am only telling you a few of the things that they are doing with our food, I advice you all to take the time and research what is really going on in the shadows with our food! Look at how they are putting bacteriophages into and o our food, it is putting a virus into bacteria and putting it on our food on purpose, what and who gives them the right to mutate, alter and field-test our food without our okay? We are not lab rats, we are humans and we are free!

    September 20, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  32. Aaron Ross

    Show me how a genetically modified cell can be passed on by consumption and I will show you a cure for Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Disease.

    September 20, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  33. Richard, Kankakee, Illinois

    I have been trying to find Non-Genetically Modified seeds over the last three years, and it is getting harder and harder to find them, and they cost far more these days due to the contamination of our environment by GMO seeds. In our country and many others the courts have sided with the Food Corporations give them the right to take total control of their mutated life-forms even when you clearly did not want this stuff on your property. These corporations are going onto people's property unlawfully taking samples and taking people and farmer to court because their mutated life-forms has contaminated their lands and gardens, they are demanding that farms pay a fee for each acres that this mutation is on and a farmer has to us their products to spray their seeds or they will not grow at all, they have to sign a contract or they will end up in court for hundreds of thousands of dollars, it is a way for them to force the small farmer out, and to keep them from using their own seeds to grow food on the farm!

    September 20, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  34. Richard, Kankakee, Illinois

    With the cows they are using a drug to forces the cows to over produce milk which cause the cows to have more sores on the utters, and more bacteria in the milk, to counter the negative affect of this drug that forces cows to produce more milk they have to give them far more anti-bacterial and more anti-virus medications, these drug go directly into the milk and people end up getting these drugs into them as well. And because they are using these drugs far too much, the viruses, and bacteria mutate over time, because they learn to get use to the drugs, so these same drugs that would have keep us from dieing in the past no longer work when we really need them to work, they are creating the ground-work for a mass outbreak that we will have no defense to counter in the future! A few people in the press tried to bring this knowledge to light but the news corporations put a stop to that because the food corporations that spend million for a second spot demand that no bad news about these affects reach the public because it would put a negative spin on using these drugs in our food! those reports were fired for trying to tell the truth!

    September 20, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  35. K-Wis

    I cannot believe how much the FDA allows us to eat without knowing the true effects it will have on our bodies. Why do we need do this and create this type of Salmon. We need to remeber all the times that the FDA has put us in harms way in the past with meds and food. We need to stick with the natural foods we were intended to eat and not what the FDA is saying ok. No matter what anyone says it WILL affect us someway fashion or form!

    September 20, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  36. Derek Slote

    people eat farmed fish everyday and never seem to have any complaints
    and personally i think it's delicious.

    September 20, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  37. myka cameron

    I am worried about our youth could the drugs transfer and push puberty even earlier. In my case agression was greatly contributed to the hormones in beef and was removed from my diet by my docter.

    September 20, 2010 at 9:56 am |
  38. Keith

    Sorry folks, but this decision was already made for us by our ancestors an eternity ago on the human time scale. They made the move to agriculture and animal husbandry. We have been combining crossing genes of different organisms and modifying genes of organisms ever since. The plants and animals that seem familar to us today are often a far cry from their natural form. As a species we made that turn and now billions of people depend on those gentic modification; there's no go back now.

    September 20, 2010 at 9:56 am |
  39. Allen, Jeremy, Texas

    As a senior biology student, I know most of the food we eat is genetically altered, especially vegetables. If crops were not genetically altered 3 out of the ~8 billion people on Earth would perish. Therefore I can see the motive to explore genetically altered fish, but not without extensive and conclusive independent scientific research.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  40. Richard, Kankakee, Illinois

    These Food Corporations along with the aid of our and many other governments are about to create a "Soylent Green Situation", in that movie, the sea had died, most land based animal were dead, and so were most plant that we eat, I give us thirty years and all of this will come to a tragic end, we have been eating GMO Foods for the last ten years, and our health is going in a bad direction, for as long as the government always side with the corporation over the wants and needs of the people it will only continue to get worse, pretty soon American will no longer be able to feed itself we will become a third country too because of GMO Foods, these mutations have caused less and less food to be produced all the while costing more to produce it, with more chemical, and far more water that is wasted!!!

    September 20, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  41. Jeremy, Texas

    there is no scientific evidence that genetically altered food is any less nutrious or taste any different than organic food. Organic food is just a multi billion dollar market niche.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  42. V Wolf

    FDA's statement that they may not require the disclosure of the GE salmon to the shoppers concerns me. Whether or not the salmon is safe, studies or not, I would like to opt-out. The fact that FDA says that the GE salmon is identical in every way and therefore does not need to be labeled as such, is not acceptable. I will decide whether it is appropriate for my family, not FDA.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  43. Patricia Stewart

    Why is this such a concern today? We eat cows,pigs,chicken all which have been pumped with hormones, so that they can get bigger, fatter, all in record numbers, in record times, yet no one questions that. We just continue to buy it all at our grocery stores. Watch the film called Food Inc. people need to question where our food is coming from. How is it grown & where. The problem is much much bigger.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  44. V Wolf

    To Patricia Stewart: there is no "we." I'd say "some." My family switched to buying all our meat from a local farmer that we know and trust. So we don't eat cows, pigs, and chickens from the industrial food chain. I suppose that those who eat them wouldn't care about eating GE salmon.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  45. Eric sacramento CA

    Organic is not a niche. The word Organic was developed to explain the difference between nature growing a product and man growing a product. And also the world is "NOT" short of food,we just do not allocate it correctly. More then 90% of US corn production goes to feed our livestock. For example, when i worked at a Safeway here in my city, on average we would lose more than half of our donut and bagel production every day due to over production. All that flour, sugar, and water is wasted daily, and dont forget the cost of raising the grain and the sugar. U.S. households throw away 40% of the food purchased because of it expiring. People are starving in Africa because it is mineral rich and claimed to be too expensive to ship food there. And with all the subsidies for corn and grain, we actually have farmers not growing food, but GMO corn for our livestock. The problem is the system that distributes the food and our attitude about a seasonless store. We have more food coming into the U.S. than we can consume. Do you know it would be the same trip if all the produce that comes from Chile and Argentina went to feed Africans, as opposed to going to to America to sit on a shelf, waiting for a potential purchase? The U.S. even ships beef to Japan. That's crossing the largest span of ocean in the world just to sell food to a country that already has enough. The idea that we need GMO food is drummed up because of the unequal distrubution of food to the peoples of the world. Grow up! Realize the future is now. Reasearch French compact gardening. Paris, France fed its enitre population from 1850-1900 from small farms within its' city limits and even had enough to export excess produce to England. The world fed itself before MonSanto and the USDA. We don't need them. The USDA came about because big business started poisioning people by producing cheap, inferior food products. The poor did not used to mean hungry. Even during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl we managed to feed our country. The whole reason for GMO is ignorance of nature and the profit motive. Realize, wake up and connect the dots.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  46. Alex

    Is anybody else here aware that growth hormone is species-specific? I could eat a pound of salmon growth hormone, and it wouldn't do a thing to my body. Forget the fact that peptide hormones are mostly digested in the gut; even if it were injected it just wouldn't bind to receptors in my cells. This is sort of like the outcry against bovine growth hormone- alarmism stemming from pure ignorance.

    The bigger concern with this fish is what I saw above- potential escape of these fish harming other supplies.

    Otherwise, the alarmists are shockingly uninformed.

    September 20, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  47. Richard, Kankakee, Illinois

    our Government pay nations not to grow their own food, their corrupt governments, have sold-out their people, for a few hundred thousand dollar if not millions! We would rather stop them form growing food in their own country, so that it does not end up in our marketplace which would drive down the cost of food, our government does this so that their is no competition! The world does not need our GMO foods, we needs us to help them with saving water to grow food, we should ship our hydroponic technology over seas, so that third would countries can produce their own food, cheaply, with less water, and on chemicals.

    we have what it take but as long as the subsidies continue the waste of 40% of the food that goes to the American people will continue, America is the country that waste as much as it can, in everything that we do!

    September 20, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  48. Richard, Kankakee, Illinois

    when they get done killing off the natural life-form, A.K.A. organic life-forms, and replace them with this mutated mess, you will finally see how much control they will have over all of us since technology because they put their genes in the food it now belong to the Food Corporations, you will have no right to touch their food, unless you do thing their way, they will own us all!

    September 20, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  49. Richard, Kankakee, Illinois

    ask a simple question who own the GM fish? Humanity does not own it, it belong to the corps! those who own thing can dictate who can use, buy or eat them!

    September 20, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  50. Eliott

    GE salmon will NOT be KOSHER because it carries the genes of eel-like fish. End of story - I wouldn't touch it.

    September 20, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  51. jon frasz

    Re; Genetically engineered salmon.Who are the FDA anyway?! Have you seen the horror story created by GMO soybeans (Monsanto)? They are suing farmers who don't want anything to do with their beans. But because the wind blew it across the road and nature took it's course, they say the poor farmer(who can't afford to outlast them in court) is violating their patent! So if one of these GM salmon gets into wild population,even the scientists who developed it can't (honestly) say what will happen. So then some massive food corp. will have a patent claim on all the fishes in the sea?! Leave our food alone, I emphatically trust the current manufacturer! Is the FDA serving the people's best intrests,or the corporations? Thanks, Jon – Northfield, Minnesota

    September 20, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
  52. Monsanto Agent

    GMOs are property of the corporation that created them, just like Monsanto and gm soy. They own that crop. Today over 80% of soy in U.S. belongs to Monsanto. What will happen to life, if corporations own them? This is frightening.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:10 am |
  53. michael pue

    I am sick and tired of scientist 's and governmental official's deciding what's good for me to eat,that's one reason being a vegetarian is more easier for me to determine what is good for me.

    September 21, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  54. Sandy Nowell

    This will enable big corporation's to own our food supply. And if these fish cross breed with a "natural" fish and it's in a privately owned pond , river, lake, or public lakes, rivers , ocean's etc. then those fish all belong to that "corporation" and they are entilted to the money made from selling them. Not only the fish in the sea and river's and lakes being altered, so are our fruits and veggies. This would mean the end of our local grown gardens and farmers will be out of business. Do we really want the big corporations and the government to own our food supply ? This is where this is heading. Frightening ! Do some research on this and you will definately know there is more to this than is being told to the general puplic. It is NOT in OUR best interest.. or the future generation's to come.

    September 21, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  55. Michele Haradon

    The supermarkets selling genetically engineered salmon should be required to put a big red label on the fish saying it has been engineered.

    What about the fruits and vegetables that have been genetically engineered that we are eating and giving our young children? What are the benefits to them and what harm could it have on their health when they need all the nutrients their young bodies can absorb?

    Look forward to a response.

    Thank you.

    September 21, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  56. April Martey

    Remember when they genetically altered the milk with cows? Well, how about my daughters both developed breasts and their periods at the at 9 and 11. I find that abnormal because they come from women that developed normal well into their teenage years. Any type of food that is unusually big and with no seeds, I will not buy.

    I want to keep on living, so I don't trust the FDA to do the right thing because this country is dealing with too many recalls of tainted food, only because the government is too lax to keep our food safe.

    September 21, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  57. sat_neha

    I would vote against any genetically altered foods. And the argument that the population in the world is increasing, we will need more food. So we are going this route. This is absurd. It is nothing but greed- how to make more money but talk about the world need.

    I was surprised to read so much grain is consumed by cows etc to produce one pound of beef (meat). Well, then why not preserve grains for the increasing population. There is a big population on this planet who are vegetarians. Grains , fruits, vegetables will sure keep up with the world population need and also keep them healthy.

    I like this statement by Mr. George Bernard Shaw.

    "My stomach and body are not a crematorium or cemetery for killed or dead animals. While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal condition on this earth?"

    September 21, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  58. Mary N

    This website, Institute for Responsible Technology, ( has a lot of excellent information on the effects of GMO foods on our bodies and the environment. Also they have a "Non-GMO Shopping Guide", credited by Supermarket News for accelerating GMO awareness in the US. If GMO salmon are approved by the FDA with no labeling of what they are, it's just a further erosion of our rights to know what we are eating. Real science needs to step in (without big corporate influence) and do real evaluations on the effects of GMO foods. CNN has done a great public service by spending some time on this topic today. It's the longest show I've ever seen on this subject. And I would not eat GMO salmon – it's too fishy for me!

    September 21, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  59. W

    I don't get it. 1) If our goal is to feed the world, why does current agriculutre policy encourage burning food for fuel, after oil based fuels are used to create them for a net loss? 2) If our goal is to feed the world, why are farmer suicides and foreclosure growing while people in the world continue starve?

    There is a huge overproduction of food in the US right now, but the world still has starving people while US farms are failing. Funny how GMO goes from A to C without thinking about B.

    September 22, 2010 at 12:46 pm |