Imagine spending your afternoon preparing a perfect healthy salmon dinner for your family for dinner. When you are picturing this amazing and healthy meal, are you picturing genetically mutated salmon on your childs dinner plate? A salmon that you picked up from the grocery store thinking it was just a typical salmon could actually be a salmon that was genetically modified to grow faster and larger than your average salmon. The genetically modified salmon was fed a diet to help it grow faster and larger, and now everyone at your dinner table is ingesting whatever this salmon ate.
Is genetically modified salmon not what you had in mind for your healthy family dinner? Well this could be a reality. The FDA has officially broken new territory in the world of GMOs. For the first time, genetically modified animals are now approved for human consumption after the FDA gave them the stamp of approval as “safe”.
Federal regulators have approved a genetically engineered salmon as fit for consumption, clearing the last major obstacle for the first genetically altered animal to reach American supermarkets and dinner tables. The officials said the fish would not have to be labeled as being genetically engineered. However, they do have the option of labeling the food as genetically altered if they choose to do so. Something tells me that they aren’t planning on labeling it though. Who would pick a salmon that they know has been genetically altered in some way? It is not clear how well the salmon will sell. Some leading supermarkets have already said, in response to environmentalists, that they have no plans to sell the salmon.
The F.D.A. does not require labels for genetically engineered foods. If genetic engineering results in a material change in a food — such as altering its nutrient content — the altered nutrition would be mentioned on the label, but not the fact that genetic engineering was used. Certain consumer groups and organic food companies have been seeking Washington and in state legislatures to require labeling of genetically engineered foods but until this is a reality, shopping for healthy food for your family is harder than ever.
The decisions you make at the grocery store will directly impact your family’s health and wellness. We want to help take some of the burden off of you by giving you some of our expert advice on what is safe and what isn’t. In a world where corporations can choose to omit important information from their labels, we want to make sure you have the best chance possible at making healthy choices for your family. Make an appointment today and take a step towards overall wellness for your family.