GE Free Seafood

Graphic of fish with text: Keep GE salmon off our plates!

No market for GMO salmon!

Despite Food and Drug Administration approval, GMO salmon might be dead in the water. Thanks to the inspiring work of thousands of Friends of the Earth members and allies, nearly 80 grocery retailers with more than 11,000 stores nationwide have listened to scientists and consumers and made commitments to not sell GMO salmon; these include Walmart, Costco and Kroger, the three largest retailers in the world, and Albertsons, Safeway, Target, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Also, a growing number of chefs and restaurant chains including Red Lobster and Legal Sea Foods have made similar commitments.

Still, large retailers, including Publix, have not yet committed to keep GMO salmon off their shelves. Join the GE-Free Seafood campaign and take action!

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Tell all grocery stores to keep GMO salmon off our plates!

Demanding regulatory action on GMO salmon

Although nearly 2 million people — including scientists, fishers, business owners and consumers — wrote to the Food and Drug Administration in opposition to the approval of AquaBounty’s AquAdvantage® genetically engineered salmon, the FDA approved this GMO fish for commercial sale in November 2015. Friends of the Earth and our allies are demanding government accountability. We are currently part of a broad coalition of environmental, consumer and commercial and recreational fishing organizations that have sued the FDA for approving the GMO salmon. 

Approval of GMO salmon sets a dangerous precedent

Featherless chickens, hens that lay hypoallergenic eggs, cows that produce only male offspring - these are just a few of the hypothesized applications for genetically engineered animals in agriculture. With the approval of GMO salmon, the U.S. became the first government in the world to approve a genetically engineered animal for commercial sale and consumption. This sets a dangerous precedent for other genetically engineered animals.

At least 35 species of genetically engineered fish are currently in development. And researchers are also exploring applications for pharmaceuticals and industrial production, such as animals that grow organs for human transplantation or goats that produce spider silk. The FDA has already approved genetically engineered goats that secrete an anticoagulant drug in their milk.

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