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Two Latest GE-Related Health Threats: 'Monster Salmon,' and Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria from GE Experiments Found in Chinese Waterways

Genetically Modified Salmon

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  • Genetically engineered (GE) fish could reach your dinner plate within the next year or two, unless a sufficiently strong opposition is mounted. The first GE food animal—a salmon designed to grow abnormally fast and to an unnaturally large size—may soon receive FDA approval
  • In recent years, mounting evidence shows that initial suspicions that GE foods might have unforeseen consequences were indeed correct—from destruction of soils, to contamination of waterways, to serious health consequences for animals and humans who consume GE products
  • The first-ever study to address GE crop-related pollution of waterways discovered that Chinese rivers are contaminated with antibiotic-resistant genes from genetic engineering experiments, which may represent a source of antibiotic resistance in humans
  • Some US farmers are considering returning to conventional seed due to increased pest resistance and crop failures. Recent GE crops saw smaller yields globally than their non-GE counterparts
  • The US Supreme Court is now hearing the appeal of an Indiana soybean farmer, whom Monsanto sued for patent infringement. The central issue in this case is the extent that a patent holder can control its use through multiple generations of seed, and the court’s decision could have far-reaching implications for the biotech industry and patenting of seeds and other life forms

By Dr. Mercola

Fish — and salmon in particular — has always been an ideal source for the animal-based omega-3 fats EPA and DHA, but as levels of pollution have increased, fish in general have become less viable as a primary source of healthful fats.


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