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Frankenfish on your plate?

Update: Congress Unites Against FDA Approval of GE Salmon

The biotechnology industry has genetically engineered a fish that grows at twice the normal rate, so it can get to market sooner and make more money, faster.

The FDA doesn't even do its own testing of genetically engineered animals: it relies on information provided by the company that wants approval. And because GE salmon are being considered as a new animal drug, the process isn't focused on what happens to people who eat genetically engineered animals. So on top of the health concerns posed by raising salmon in crowded factory fish farms that rely on antibiotics and other chemicals, the FDA could be adding the unknown risks of GE salmon to the mix.

If approved, GE salmon would be the first “transgenic” animal allowed into our food supply. It's also unlikely that it would have to be labeled, so you might not even know you're eating it.

Also, the FDA is the same agency that's in charge of overseeing the egg industry, and we see how well they've done that job. It's up to us to demand that President Obama direct the FDA on this matter. Take action now.

First Report: Mini-Conference: Cleave Award - Origins of Diversity

Held Tuesday 22 November 2011. See response by Prof Michael Crawford, President, McCarrison Society.

David Marsh is awarded the Cleave Cup after presenting the lecture:"Origins of Diversity";

Co-author with Michael Crawford of Nutrition and Evolution, 1995, (The Driving Force,1989)

  • Electrosensitivity, including oxygen treatment – Michelle Berriedale-Johnson.
  • Eat-To-Treat – A Radical yet Simple Solution to the Obesity Crisis     –   Joseph Lightfoot.
  • Great-Grandchildren – Global Poverty, Nutrition & Ecology: the shaping of OCCUPY - Simon House, Chair, McCarrison Society

Darwin’s original thesis, trashed by Weismann, restored by David Marsh.

Michael Crawford says: In an excellent meeting on 22nd November 2011, David Marsh, winner of the Cleave Cup for 2011, expounded on "The Origins of Diversity":

In all 6 editions of the "Origin of Species", Darwin claims that there were two forces in evolution – natural selection and conditions of existence. Of the two he says the conditions of existence was the most powerful. After finishing the 6th edition, he spent the rest of his life looking for what he called pangenes – these he considered were the tools in the blood whereby information from the environment was sent to the genes to respond to the environmental conditions.

Why the food and alcohol industries need tougher regulation (Guardian Letters)

From: Dr Myriam Wilks-Heeg, Liverpool

Andrew Lansley's plans to tackle the UK's obesity crisis without imposing legislation on the food industry (Lansley's new obesity pan branded 'worthless rubbish', 14 October) is hardly surprising given the government's links to industry, its cuts to initiatives such as Health4Life and its curtailing of the role of the Food Standards Agency. Indeed, it seems that every effort is being made to support the oligopolistic control of the UK food market by large multinational corporations,

From: Chris Record, Liver physician, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Of course a minimum price per unit of alcohol will lead to a higher price of alcohol for all. However, the leaders of the alcohol trade associations (Letters, 14 October) carefully ignore the fact that 75% of alcohol is consumed by 25% of the population and it is this group who are drinking alcohol at unsafe levels. Thus the major effect of a minimum price policy is to target that section of our society who are harming themselves or those of us who are drinking at lower risk limits.

Read more: Why the food and alcohol industries need tougher regulation (Guardian Letters)