To continue my in-the-news thanking of important, smart people, I thought it appropriate that I thank Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro for her new bill seeking to label genetically modified fish and meat. I mean, it amazes me that some people can use science for such good (like Robert Edwards of yesterday’s note) and then others can use it for such evil — like the folks making the genetically modified salmon. I’m sure you’ve heard the debate at this point about the company that has spliced a bunch of different fish and eel genes together to make a gigantic “salmon” set to hit the seafood section of your grocery store in the near future. As if this isn’t disturbing enough (um, I want my spicy salmon rolls without eel DNA!), the FDA is planning allow this “fish” to be sold without being labeled as genetically-modified. So basically, as a consumer, you’d never even know if you were buying real, untouched, natural salmon, or the gross Frankenfish kind.
Thankfully, someone in our government finds this as seriously disturbing as the 78% of Americans that don’t want genetically-engineered salmon to be approved by the FDA. Representative Rosa DeLaura, a dem from Connecticut, introduced a bill the other day that would mandate labeling of genetically modified fish. Not only that, it’d also make sure any cloned animal meat would be labeled too — a good thing considering cloned meat/genetically modified food has caused everything from partially atrophied testicles to cancerous tumors to death in lab rats. I mean, getting a stomachache from eating something is one thing, but having your balls atrophy from chowing down on dinner? No one deserves that.
For that reason, I’m so happy Rep. DeLauro is trying to stop this nastiness. At least one person in office is against turning our world into some weird dystopic society where no one knows what the heck they’re loading into their shopping carts!
A kind of silly video — but you get the point…