Despite widespread opposition from scientists, advocates and consumers, in November 2015, the FDA approved genetically modified (GM) salmon, making it the first GM animal approved for human consumption. As indicated by a growing body of science, GM salmon may pose serious environmental and public health risks, including potentially irreversible damage to wild salmon populations. The commercial development of GM salmon also sets a dangerous precedent, paving the way for approval of additional species of GM fish, and setting the stage for eventual development of other GM animals.
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Fortunately, more than 60 grocery chains - including Costco, Kroger, Safeway, Target, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods - have made commitments not to sell this unnecessary, risky fish. However, several grocery chains, including Walmart and Publix, have yet to follow suit.
As part of our ongoing Meatrix action campaign, we've joined Friends of the Earth in offering our audience a way to take action. Shortly after the FDA announced its approval of GM salmon, Friends of the Earth successfully pressured Costco to refuse to sell this fish. Now, through its GE-Free Seafood Campaign, Friends of the Earth is calling on consumers to send a message to other major grocery chains urging them to do the same.