STOP APPROVAL OF "GE FISH". (part 1 ).
- STOP APPROVAL OF "GE FISH" INSANITY !
(PART 1 )
PLEASE TELL FDA TO STOP APPROVAL OF "GE FISH"
On May 9, 2001, the Center for Food Safety and a coalition of over
60 petitioners, consisting of consumer and environmental protection
organizations filed legal petitions with the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration ("FDA"), U.S. Department of Interior ("DOI"),
U.S. Department of Commerce ("DOC"), U.S. Department of Defense
("DOD"), and U.S. Department of Agriculture ("USDA") demanding a
moratorium on the domestic marketing and importation of transgenic fish
until FDA adequately addresses the impacts to the environment and
human food safety.
Currently, there are over thirty-five species of transgenic fish being
developed around the world and at least one company, A/F Protein,
which is presently requesting approval from the FDA to market
transgenic fish to consumers as "FOOD" .
These transgenic fish grow as much as TEN TO THIRTY Times faster
than normal salmon! The releases of transgenic fish into the world's
waters may cause SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS to the ENVIRONMENT
& ENDANGERED SPECIES !. New studies have shown that transgenic
fish are more aggressive, eat more food, and will attract more mates than
wild fish. In addition, these studies show that although transgenic fish
will attract more mates, their offspring will be less fit and less likely
As a result, scientists predict that transgenic fish will CAUSE SOME
SPECIES TO BECOME EXTINCT within only a few generations. Once
one species becomes extinct, other species will likely be affected. There
are already 114 species of fish, including Atlantic salmon that are listed
under the Endangered Species Act ("ESA"). Allowing transgenic fish
in ocean pens may significantly increase this number of listed species.
While no federal laws specifically govern the regulation of genetically
engineered animals grown for human consumption, the FDA has made
the informal decision to regulate transgenic fish under its authority to
review new animal drugs. Given the potential toxicity, allergenicity,
and aquaculture diseases posed by the commercialization of transgenic
fish, we must demand FDA to stop any approval of this GE Fish .
Also please review What did your U.S. Congressman(House)
vote on the "Delay FDA Approval of Genetically Engineered fish" ?
Click here: (Ayes: means to Delay the approval of GE fish.)
(Noes: means to accelerate the approval of GE fish.)
WHAT YOU CAN DO :
Enclosed a SAMPLE LETTER and all of CONTACT INFORMATION .
PLEASE SEND YOUR IMPORTANT "PUBLIC COMMENTS" NOW !
SAMPLE LETTER : (note: you may write your own letter or
change a few wording in this sample letter if you wish. thanks.)
@ PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO PLACE DOCKET NO
AT THE BEGINING OF YOUR LETTER !
5630 Fishers Lane
Room 1061 (HFA-305)
Rockville, MD 20852
RE: Docket No. # 01P-0230
I am writing you to express my serious concerns about the FDA's role in
approving the commercial use of transgenic fish. Given the potential
human health and environmental uncertainties posed by genetically
engineered fish, I urge you to reject any application seeking the use and
marketing of transgenic fish. I strongly urge you to keep the GE Fish
off all of the commercial markets and prohibit any importation of such
I am quite concerned about the potential impacts of these fish upon my
Health. Genetically engineered fish (GE fish) are new to the human food
supply and present unknown risks to human health, including the potential
impacts of significantly elevated growth hormone levels in these fish.
37 people died, 1500 were partially paralyzed, and 5000 more were
temporarily disabled by a syndrome that was finally linked to
tryptophan made by genetically-engineered bacteria.
The FDA's failure to require toxicological testing for these fish
suggests that the agency's review process is favoring the biotech
industry and not acting to ensure my and other millions upon millions
of consumers safety.
Moreover, the commercialization of these genetically engineered
fish poses the potential for irreversible damage to the environment.
Fish farms throughout history have repeatedly demonstrated that
fish kept in ocean and freshwater pens escape from their
There are compelling scientific studies documenting the potential for
escaped genetically engineered fish to become invasive species that
could cause permanent ecological damage to wild fish stocks as well
as the wider marine environment. These new studies have shown that
transgenic fish are more aggressive, eat more food, and will attract
more mates than wild fish. The studies also show that although
transgenic fish will attract more mates, their offspring will be less fit
and less likely to survive. As a result, scientists predict that
transgenic fish may cause some species to become EXTINCT within
only a few generations. When one species becomes extinct, other
species will likely be affected. Far more animals will be abused for
corporate profits and more species will go extinct .
For example, pollen from transgenic plants can cross-pollinate with
genetically natural crops and wild relatives. All crops, organic and
non-organic, are vulnerable to contamination from cross-pollinatation.
It threatens Our Entire Food Supply .
There are already 114 species of fish, including the Atlantic salmon
that are listed under the Endangered Species Act. The FDA should
Not promote the introduction of another threat to our endangered
For these reasons, I strongly urge FDA to fully review the significant
human health and environmental risks posed by genetically engineered
fish. Therefore, the approval of any GE salmon and other GE fish
at this time is totally unacceptable! I fully support a permanent
moratorium on the commercialization of any kind of transgenic fish.
Again, please keep the GE Fish off all of the commercial markets
permanently . Thank you .
City, State, Zip
U.S. Constituent(s).(if you live in USA )
P.S. : Important references :
(**** Letter ends here *****)
CONTACT INFORMATION :
1: The most important is to write to: FDA Commissioner,
Do Not forget to put the " Docket NO. 01P-0230 "
at the beginning of your letter :
5630 Fishers Lane
Room 1061 (HFA-305)
Rockville, MD 20852
2: Please also send a similar letter to President Bush and
CC to First Lady Laura Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney
and Mrs. Cheney and cabinet members :
President Bush :
Email : president@... (@... )
(Address to : Dear Mr. President , )
Then Copy the following address and paste to CC field.
Note: it must have comma between addresses.
Please remove the "(@.....)" at the end of each address before
you pasted them to your BCC field :
first.lady@... , (@..., )
vice.president@... , (@..., )
mrs.cheney@... , (@...,)
DEvans@..., (@..., )
whitman.christine@..., (@..., )
ann.veneman@... , (@..., )
Gale_Norton@... , (@..., )
AskDOJ@... , (@..., )
3: CALL/WRITE to Secretary of Health and Human Services,
(Address to: Dear Honorable Secretary Tommy G. Thompson )
PLEASE CALL SECRETARY OF HEALTH NOW :
Tel: 202-690-7000 (in USA)
Fax: 202-690-7203 (in USA )
200 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20201
4: Send a FAX to Surgeon General ,
David Satcher M.D., Ph.D.
Fax : 202-690-6960
(Address to : Dear Surgeon General, )
5: Also it is important to write to :
Executive Staff Analyst to the Secretary, Jolinda Gaither
E-mail: jgaither@... (@... )
(Address to : Dear Ms.Gaither )
If you have further questions on the issue, please contact :
Juliana Jones , Grassroots Coordinator
The Center for Food Safety
660 Pennsylvania Ave., SE , Suite 302
Washington, DC 20003
Tel: 202-547-9359 (in USA )
Fax: 202-547-9429 (in USA )
Thanks so much for your caring, compassion and urgent help.