The northern snakehead is known as “Frankenfish” and “rattlesnakes with fins,” and some chefs say one way to stop the predatory, fast-spreading fish is obvious - with a fork.
With a reputation as fearsome as its name, the voracious snakehead fish has intruded throughout much of the Potomac River basin in Virginia and Maryland in the last decade, snapping up anything that gets in front of it.
Putting the torpedo-shaped snakehead on the menu is Washington-area restaurants’ way of helping to control the Asian newcomer. Chefs said they have a key weapon on their side - humans’ zest for eating up other species to the vanishing point.
“When man turns its attention to an animal, it’s very difficult for the animal. He (the snakehead) is dangerous, but chefs are more dangerous,” said David Stein, executive chef at Tony & Joe’s Seafood Place in Washington.
It seems the level of corruption at the hands of politicians and power hungry investors is no different in Canada than anywhere else in the world. Environment Canada has approved the commercial production of GM Atlantic salmon eggs which grow to market-size twice as fast as other farmed salmon. The biotech company responsible, Aquabounty, has revealed that it is no longer asking for approval to grow the fish in the US but plans to produce all of the GM salmon eggs in Canada and then sell “table-ready” GM salmon into the US consumer market. It is an alarming decision that sets Canada up to be the source of global environmental risk, says the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network.
“Based on my assessment of the scientific literature and the current policy framework in the United States to regulate genetically engineered fish, we cannot yet conclude that the introduction of the first genetically engineered animal for human consumption – the AquAdvantage® farmed salmon – is safe for the environment.
…What is at stake is no less than the future of fish, natural ecosystems, and our seafood supply. The issue is much larger than this single application from one private company. The critical question is whether society as a whole would be better off or worse from having this product on the market. A more comprehensive analysis of the risks and benefits to our seafood supply, our current seafood industry, affected stakeholders, and natural ecosystems is desperately needed.”
Frankenfish: terrorizing the people of B.C. In Burnaby’s city’s Central Park, beneath the surface of a murky pond, the creature lurks. A northern snakehead, a voracious, predatory fish not native to these parts, nor welcome. Acting like it owns the place. Municipal and provincial authorities want it gone, lest it cause some real harm, but it’s a crafty, elusive beast. Ugly, too. It is fairly dubbed “the Frankenfish.” (Photo: Reuters)
The FDA is quietly pushing for the approval of GMO salmon, despite the over 400,000 public comments on the potential of what some are calling “frankenfish” to harm U.S. consumers, ecosystems and industries, while posing no outstanding benefits when the environmental review of the salmon only consists of two flawed studies.
“It is extremely disappointing that the Obama Administration continues to push approval of this dangerous and unnecessary product,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director for Center for Food Safety. “The GE salmon has no socially redeeming value; it’s bad for the consumer, bad for the salmon industry and bad for the environment. FDA’s decision is premature and misguided.”
“If FDA actually evaluated GE salmon as a food additive, including allergy-causing potential, they would not likely be able to approve it because of the health risks that have can already be seen in an incomplete set of data.” said Michael Hansen, Senior Scientist with Consumers Union.
One. You can’t say the Obama Administration wasn’t thinking about your tummy during the holidays! The team just performed the equivalent of moving out of an apartment in the middle of the night when it changed direction and lifted its block on genetically modified salmon. They made the FreakFish announcement on the FRIDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS.
Two. Interesting meeting between former TARP SIG Neil Barofsky and Occupy Wall Street’s Alternative Banking group…
Three. The fantasies “patrons” may have about bonin’ Olympic athletes aside, Perhaps we need to help Olympic athletes find jobs that steer them away from being call girls (and boys). In this case, some family counseling may also help…
The FDA claims that the altered fish are as safe for the environment as any other fish, writing in a recent assessment that they “will not have any significant impacts on the quality of the human environment of the United States,” reported the Christian Science Monitor.
Environmental groups fear that the altered fish could cause human allergies and escape and breed in the wild, which, they say, could lead to the end of natural salmon populations.
After a 60 day public comment period ends, the FDA will in all likelihood approve the salmon for sale and consumption.
If approved, the fish will likely not have to be labelled as genetically modified.