The past four days touring Atlantic Canada have been a whirlwind!
Tonight we hosted our fourth and last public forum in St. John’s. This city is the birthplace of AquaBounty’s genetically engineered salmon, as it was a professor at a local university who first invented the technology. We had more than 80 people in attendance, and the audience was really active during the Q&A time.
The real problem isn’t a lack of food; it’s unfair distribution and an unjust food system that values profits over people. To solve hunger and feed a growing population, we need tosupport organic and agro-ecological farming practices, bring back threatened fisheries, and support family farmers and fishing communities. We must promotefood sovereignty, the right of people to determine and control their own food production systems, and the right to enough nutritious, ecologically produced and culturally appropriate food.
Our friends at Food & Water Watch released a great fact sheet last year onwhy genetically engineered salmon won’t feed the world. In short, the frankenfish will require more inputs (such as more food to keep them growing). Feeding these salmon will only continue to drain the oceans of wild salmon, and, as we’ve learned from genetically engineered crops, the only real benefactors are the biotech companies – in this case AquaBounty. AquaBounty owns a patent on the frankenfish and will earn all the profits from producing and selling them to us.
Last night in Halifax, I learned about a great project called Off the Hook. It’s a “Community Supported Fishery,” a program in which people have a direct relationship with their fishermen, and the fishermen have a guaranteed market to sell their harvested fish for a living wage. Small scale, low-tech projects like this can, and will, allow us to make food sovereignty a healthy and eco-friendly reality. Watch the quick video below to find out more about Off the Hook!