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Warnings of Food Safety Threats as Canada Green Lights 'Frankenfish'


Warnings of Food Safety Threats as Canada Green Lights 'Frankenfish'

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Despite a sustained effort from public health and climate activists, genetically modified (GM or GMO) salmon has been officially sanctioned for sale in Canada.

And if that wasn't foreboding enough, a pending trade deal between Canada and the European Union means the country's first approved GMO food animal, known colloquially as the "Frankenfish," could soon be sold and eaten internationally.


Animals are bred and slaughtered for food on a regular basis. That is the objective of "animal husbandry". There has been human DNA included in pork, to facilitate quicker lean muscle gain for better meat, While I think this may be apocryphal, it also means a lot of experimentation has been going on for decades, in order to achieve faster, better, and most importantly, cheaper, results. If gene splicing can make animals better, somehow, for production and consumption, why is it so important to keep such things secret? To protect a trademarked animal? To protect a corporation? To prevent some farmer, somewhere, from threatening corporate growth somewhere else? If it's so safe, why not just label the product(s)? We all have the right to know what we're eating. Soylent Green was likely the result of a similar breeding, processing, and marketing process. Even as fiction, look at the way that whole thing turned out. Did they take everyone, or limit the choices to benefit the process, or the end result?


Aquaculture on the commercial scale is merely another type of CAFO (Confined Animal Feeding Operation). Though industry claims are CAFOs efficiently produce food at low cost, it is only so due to the failure to calculate the true costs dismissed as economic externalities. Unfortunately, economic pedagogy of the past three or four decades has failed to acknowledge Coase's Theorem beyond some incidental aside. As such, the concept of externality will continue to remain outside the calculus


We Canadians voted. We wanted to get rid of Harper, and so at the end of last years election rollercoaster we got Trudeau fils. Not much change, just another neoLiberal focused majority focused on some different elites, another government managing us to the benefit of the corporations. Had we a choice I suspect that the vast majority of us wanted a minority government where there would sometimes be some compromise and discussion and some input in the decision making from below. The system is not much set up to give us that choice although we sometimes get minority governments, but in our haste to get rid of Harper we gave the Liberal party a majority.

And we will grow, eat, and export frankenfish. Sorry world. Until probably October 2019 further input of the Canadian people in the governing of their country will not be solicited. Possibly we will be the last country in the world to get rid of glyphosate in our food. And most probably we will get the TPP that we do not want and we will continue to toady for the American Empire's owners.

The Liberal toadies are now at work preparing to reform our electoral system in a fashion that will enable them to dominate our government for years to come. Harper had made changes to how elections are run in order to give parties with deep pockets (the Conservative Party of Canada) a distinct advantage, but he became so disliked that even that was not enough. So not much change and we are now subjects of a different neoLiberal majority, another one with only a weak sense of nobless oblige, that mostly will not listen to us unless it sees some advantage in doing so. I will not travel with a Canadian flag on my backpack.


The rationale is implicit if you are capable of comprehending the pernicious impact CAFOs have upon the environment, economy, and most importantly, public health.
Your snark betrays your ignorance. Perhaps your time would be more constructively spent devoting time to educate yourself about the issue that you might eventually contribute something intelligent to the discussion.


The following links might be helpful in elaborating upon the broader topic of aquaculture: