December 8, 2015
GE salmon is the same as non-GE salmon? When genetically engineered (GE) Atlantic salmon was approved for human consumption by the FDA, consumer groups responded by clamoring for a new process that would review GE food animals and require the products be labeled as GE. But FDA has decided that GE salmon is equivalent to non-GE farmed Atlantic salmon. Read the article at the New York Times and FDA’s response to two citizen petitions. Regardless of the outcome, some grocery store chains have pledged to boycott the product, says a Seattle Times article. For more reactions, watch a response by CLF’s Dr. Jillian Fry on Fox News Baltimore affiliate and post written for the Livable Future Blog.
Net pen fish farms on Great Lakes. Sportfishers and environmental groups are getting concerned about two net-pen fish farms planned for the Great Lakes in Michigan. Six net-pen farms already exist on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes. Read two articles at the Times Herald (1, 2).
Climate change and scallops. British Columbia scallop farmers are the “canaries in the coal mine” says one marine biologist, referring to damages caused by ocean acidification and climate change. Read the article in The Tyee.
USDA is taking over catfish inspections. Starting in March, 2016, the job of inspecting catfish, both domestic and imported, will leave the hands of FDA and go to USDA. The Industry trade group National Fisheries Institute calls the Thanksgiving decision “an extra helping of government waste.” Motivation for the change comes from Mississippi representatives and trade issues related to the growing influx of pangasius catfish imports from Vietnam. Read the article at Food Safety News.
The tragedy of slave labor in Thailand’s shrimp industry resurfaces. International food corporation Nestle admits to being part of the supply chain, and announces a plan to reform. Read more in Bloomberg News, Food Safety News, and the full report on working conditions by a third party auditor, Verite.
Love splash parks, but hate the lines? University of Maine has built an indoor ocean to simulate wind and waves to find out if offshore energy platforms, wind farms, and aquaculture operations are built to last. Read more at The Associated Press.