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Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Say No To GMO Salmon

Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods have decided that regardless of what the FDA decides about AquaBounty’s genetically modified salmon, they’re having none of it. AquaBounty has been waiting for FDA approval for years for its GMO salmon which has been modified so that it continues to grow during cold months.


Photo: Flying Penguin/Wikipedia. Salmon.

Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Aldi, and Others Commit To Not Selling AquaBounty’s GMO Salmon

In her article on Take Part Clare Leschin-Hoar talks about their decision and what influenced them. She also reveals what other GE fish are in the pipleline.

In December, the FDA released its draft environmental assessment concluding the GMO salmon would have “no significant impact” on the environment, and was as safe for consumers

to eat as traditional farmed-raised salmon. Not everyone agrees.

“While the FDA thinks the fish are ready for primetime, the massive response of retailers show that those that would actually eat the fish remain unconvinced,” George Leonard, a scientist with Ocean Conservancy who testified before Congress on the GMO salmon, tells TakePart.

“GE fish only advances if there is a market to buy it. Today’s announcement of a huge number of seafood retailers stating their refusal to buy the fish shows that FDA approval won’t be the last word on this important debate about what consumers want their future fish to be,” he says.

Read the full story here and sign the petition to “Tell the FDA: Genetically Engineered Salmon Should be Labeled.”

About Laura

Laura is passionate about food from real farmers and artisans. She lives with her husband in Grand Rapids on the river. Sometimes it flows over, but mostly she is greeted by the ducks, geese and her neighbor's chickens. They like to hop up on her windowsill and eat the spiders. Yay! She is the co-founder of Two Sister Organics, a natural and organic skin care company, and Eating Local & Organic.

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