Tim Schwab

Defying Common Sense, GMO Salmon Is Declared Safe to Eat, But Not Grow, in U.S.

Last month the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) caved to industry pressure and approved what may end up being the most meaningless “innovation” of the 21st century, the world’s first genetically engineered food animal. The so-called AquAdvantage salmon has been widely rejected by consumers, supermarkets and even salmon growers, who see no benefits in this fish, but clear risks.

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Study Blows Company's Bogus Claim About GMO Salmon Out of the Water

For those of you who have read the Mary Shelley novel “Frankenstein,” you remember that the name refers to the scientist Victor Frankenstein, not the monster he constructed from body parts found in the local cemetery. The story has captured the public’s imagination for nearly 200 years, and “franken” has become a common prefix — and a pejorative — for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which are made with cut-and-pasted genetic material from different species of plants, animals and microorganisms.

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Poor Diets or Lack of Exercise? Guess Which One Coca-Cola Thinks Is Driving Obesity

The New York Times recently reported that Coca-Cola is funding a group of academics whose scientific research emphasizes that exercise, not diet, is key to addressing obesity. This focus on exercise shifts attention away from the link between the calories in Coke’s drinks and obesity and also contradicts the prevailing scientific opinion, the Times reports. It also happens to support the political and economic agenda of Coke.

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On the Brink of Irrelevancy: Is the Honeymoon Over for FDA and GMO Salmon?

In 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) put forward a shockingly favorable regulatory review on AquaBounty Technologies’ genetically engineered salmon, offering preliminary determinations that the fish are healthy, of little threat to the environment and safe to eat.  

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