THE TRANSHUMANIST SCRAPBOOK….OK, JUNKYARD: HIGH OCTANE ...June 23, 2013
The alchemical transhumanist scrapbook seems to be becoming a full-fledged junkyard, so much so, that it's beginning to be difficult to keep up with it all. In fact, so many of you sent so many intriguing articles this past week, that, in reviewing them, I decided the best course of action would simply be to share them.
First up, it now seems that genetically modified salmon are able, now, to interbreed with brown trout:
Now, once again, there is evidence from this study that the ever-so-non-vigilant federal agencies have completely dropped the ball on the environmental impact of releasing genetically engineered animals into the human food chain, for these chimeras seem able to outproduce their natural counterparts:
"As a result of this study, the authors “…suggest that interspecific hybridization be explicitly considered when assessing the environmental consequences should transgenic animals escape to nature.”"The study not only found that GE salmon can cross-breed with brown trout, but also that their GE hybrid offspring could outgrow wild salmon, non-GE hybrid offspring, and even GE salmon. The GE hybrids also out-competed wild salmon and GE salmon in simulated stream environments, further stunting the growth of other fish. According to Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of Center for Food Safety, “This study highlights yet another ecological risk of these hazardous genetically engineered fish. The FDA’s [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] attempt to approve these gene altered fish without even analyzing these irreversible impacts on our native salmon and trout populations is unlawful and a gross abuse of their regulatory duties.”
"AquaBounty claims that the company’s process for raising GE fish is safer than traditional aquaculture, yet documents released by the Canadian government show that a new strain of infectious salmon anemia, a deadly fish flu that has been devastating fish stocks around the world, contaminated their Canadian production site. This information was not included in the FDA’s review."