Whidbey Environmental Action Network (WEANie) Whacko endorses I-522Author:Ken Wolf
Marianne Edain, one of Whidbey Island’s environmental whackos and member of Whidbey Environmental Action Network endorses passage of I-522. Marianne Edain uses “GMO frankenfish Atlantic salmon” as part of her justification.
“Yes, I-522 will be on your ballot this November. Since Rob’s letter Monsanto and the junk food industry have increased their war chest to over $8 million for a NO on I-522 blitz. That alone should tell you who profits from the secrecy. Their money succeeded in defeating (by a narrow margin) I-37 (an almost identical GMO labeling bill) in California last year.
What I find truly scary is that the state is forcing counties to allow Atlantic salmon net pens in county waters. That’s bad enough, but now USDA is about to approve GMO frankenfish Atlantic salmon, which would be raised in net pens here in Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The GMO trait they’ve added is an override of the gene that stops growth at maturity. These fish will never stop growing. And we know there is regular “leakage” of Atlantic salmon from existing net pens. How do you suppose our wild native salmon will respond?
Bottom line: we have a right to know what we’re eating and to chose not to eat GMO foods, so vote YES on I-522, and talk to all your friends and neighbors about it, especially about who is paying for all those anti ads.” Marianne Edain, September 16, 2013 at 9:59pm
Marianne Edain’s fear mongering tactic and outright lies are a direct contrast to the truth, found in a Draft Environmental Assessment dated May 4, 2012. Some excerpts from the document:
“AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. (ABT or the sponsor) has provided data and information in support of a New Animal Drug Application (NADA) for a genetically engineered (GE) Atlantic salmon1 to be produced and grown under specified conditions. This fish, named AquAdvantage Salmon, is designed to exhibit a rapid-growth phenotype that allows it to reach smolt2 size faster than non-GE farmed salmon.
The AquAdvantage Salmon founder animal was generated in 1989 by micro-injecting a recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (rDNA) construct, opAFP-GHc2 composed of a promoter from an ocean pout antifreeze protein (AFP) gene and a protein-coding sequence from a chinook salmon growth hormone (GH) gene into the fertilized eggs of wild Atlantic salmon. Subsequent selection and breeding led to the establishment of the AquAdvantage Salmon line, which has been propagated for eight generations. Under the conditions proposed for the NADA, AquAdvantage Salmon would be produced as triploid, all-female populations with eyed-eggs as the product for commercial sale and distribution. These eggs would be produced in the sponsor’s facility on Prince Edward Island (PEI) in Canada. After confirming the genetic integrity of the broodstock used for manufacture and effective induction of triploidy in the eyed-eggs, these eggs would be shipped to a grow-out facility in the highlands of Panama, where they would be reared to market size and harvested for processing.
Under the proposed action, AquAdvantage Salmon would not be produced or grown in the United States, or in net pens or cages, and no live fish would be imported for processing.”
“AquAdvantage Salmon contain a rDNA construct, opAFP-GHc2, which imparts a rapid-growth phenotype allowing populations of these animals to reach a common growth measure (smolt size, or approximately 100 g) more quickly than populations of comparator Atlantic salmon. The commercial intent of AquAdvantage Salmon is to benefit commercial salmon farming by significantly reducing time-to-market and improving the economics of land-based production. The conditions of approval for this NADA would not include production or rearing of AquAdvantage Salmon in the United States, or in net pens or cages.”
“The principal method of managing risks associated with the production and rearing of any fish in aquaculture is through the application of confinement or containment measures designed to minimize the likelihood of escape or release into the environment.
1. Limit the organism: prevent the fish from entering and surviving in the receiving environment;
AquAdvantage Salmon would be prevented from entering the environment by the use of redundant physical and physico-chemical barriers at the sites of egg production and grow-out. They would be further prevented from surviving in the receiving environment because of geographic and geophysical issues. At the egg production facility at Prince Edward Island, escaped early-life stages that are adapted to fresh water would encounter salt water and, during part of the year, lethally cold temperatures. Either of these two conditions would prevent survival. In Panama, where grow-out would occur, escapees would encounter lethally warm temperatures, poor habitat, a series of water diversion structures and hydro-electric facilities, and possibly predation by an established population of rainbow trout.
2. Limit (trans)gene flow: prevent gene flow from the GE fish during production or following escape; and Gene flow from AquAdvantage Salmon would be prevented because the fish would be triploid females incapable of reproduction, either among themselves or with wild fish, should they escape and survive.
3. Limit the genetically engineered trait’s expression: it is likely that the expression of the trait, not the transgene itself, poses the hazard.
The enhanced growth rate of AquAdvantage Salmon is readily expressed under the optimum conditions provided in a commercial environment; however, in the wild, the absence of readily available food (to which they are accustomed and which is necessary for rapid growth) and consequent depletion of energy reserves could significantly decrease the likelihood of effective exploitation of their inherent growth capacity.”
The entire Environmental Assessment is found here:
LIE: Marianne Edain claims, “USDA is about to approve GMO frankenfish Atlantic salmon, which would be raised in net pens here in Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.”
Truth: AquAdvantage Salmon are NOT raised in net pens. The eggs would be produced in the sponsor’s facility on Prince Edward Island (PEI) in Canada. After confirming the genetic integrity of the broodstock used for manufacture and effective induction of triploidy in the eyed-eggs, these eggs would be shipped to a grow-out facility in the highlands of Panama, where they would be reared to market size and harvested for processing.
LIE: Marianne Edain claims, “The GMO trait they’ve added is an override of the gene that stops growth at maturity. These fish will never stop growing.”
Truth: AquAdvantage Salmon is designed to exhibit a rapid-growth phenotype that allows it to reach smolt size faster than non-GE farmed salmon. Smolt: A young salmon that has undergone the physiologic adaptation necessary for transition to salt water.”
LIE: Marianne Edain claims, “And we know there is regular “leakage” of Atlantic salmon from existing net pens. How do you suppose our wild native salmon will respond?
Truth: “AquAdvantage Salmon is strictly farmed raised in a large FISH TANK! AquAdvantage Salmon would be prevented from entering the environment by the use of redundant physical and physico-chemical barriers at the sites of egg production and grow-out. They would be further prevented from surviving in the receiving environment because of geographic and geophysical issues.”
Since Marianne Edain based her argument on LIES and uses fear mongering, unless you are an environmental whacko or Progressive Democratic Socialist, why would ANYONE want to endorse I-522?
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