The US Food and
Drug Administration has released an Environmental Assessment (EA) of a
controversial genetically engineered salmon. This assessment stated that the genetically engineered salmon would have
“no significant impact” on the US environment—thus pushing the fish one step
closer to approval.
Because an EA looks only at the impact the salmon might have on the US
environment, even though it is created in Canada and raised in Panama, a full
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is necessary, because it would take into
account environmental impacts beyond US borders. On top of that, the EA
deliberately left out important information, such as the Infectious Salmon
Anemia that has been afflicting this salmon and neighboring fish stocks, and
the fact that 5% of the salmon are not sterile and therefore may interbreed
with wild salmon populations.
Tell FDA to conduct a more rigorous review of environmental and health
safety, and halt any approval process until concerns over risks, transparency,
and oversight have been fully satisfied. Explain the safety concerns with GMO
foods in general and this “Frankenfish” in particular.
EA and FOSNI for Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0899
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]