I won’t be eating GMO fish, if and when it’s available. I’m not alone. In 2013, a New York Times poll found that three-quarters of Americans would not eat genetically modified fish. An earlier 2010 poll by NPR found that 65 percent of respondents said they wouldn’t try such fish. Following the FDA announcement, more than 60 grocery store chains have promised not to sell the fish
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Alison Van Eenennaam, a biotechnology specialist at the University of California, Davis, was part of the AquaBounty Technologies scientific evaluation and states that ‘nothing in the data suggested that these fish were in any way unsafe.’
What about dangers to human health that are not anticipated by this particular scientific evaluation? Or the long-term impacts that introducing new, hybrid species could have on the environment, in ways that are unpredictable?
As a reminder, it emerged late last week that the father of the iconic “drowned Syrian boy” whose photo resulted in uproar across Europe, was himself an alleged human trafficker. It is people like him that will no longer be welcome in Europe.
As RT adds, in June, the EU launched European Union Naval Force Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR Med) “to undertake systematic efforts to identify, capture and dispose of vessels and enabling assets used or suspected of being used by migrant smugglers or traffickers.” Now it will be allowed to stop and if necessary destroy boats which are used to carry illegal migrants.
Less than 24 hours after Germany announced it would impose border controls with Austria, followed promptly by the Czech Republic, Slovenia and now the Netherlands, German vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel predicted that as many as 1 million refugees may arrive by the end of the year as other nations moved to fortify their frontiers.
As Bloomberg notes, the revised prediction “underscored how quickly the numbers fleeing to Germany are spiraling upward. The official government estimate, released just a few weeks ago, is for roughly 800,000 in 2015, nearly four times the 2014 figure.”
Felix Braz, the justice minister of Luxembourg, underscored the severity of the situation: “Of course, the idea is not to prolong this, but it’s a short-term measure that should be in place for as short a time as possible,” “A lot will depend on what comes out of Brussels this afternoon.”
A law firm in San Francisco has filed a class-action lawsuit against Chipotle on behalf of a consumer.
The suit alleges the high-end Mexican grill chain has been using GMOs in its food despite advertising that it is GMO-free. The lawsuit claims Chipotle’s menu has never been at any time free of GMOs.
The president will issue his call to action in Alaska just weeks after he allowed offshore oil and gas drilling to go forward in the Arctic Ocean.