Friday, April 26, 2013

Open-net Salmon Farming. Salmon Farm Diseases. “Salmon Confidential.” Genetically Engineered Salmon. Just Label It. Chernobyl.


For “Foodie Friday”, It’s all ‘fishy’ today!

imagesCAB2RPRC “While filming Call of the Killer Whale in British Colombia, Jean-Michel Cousteau and his team heard a consistent message from the scientific community, First Nations and marine conservation organizations. That message was that open-net salmon farms are killing many of the wild salmon runs of British Columbia and are creating biological and social degradation that could last for decades. Open-net salmon farming is one of the most harmful aquaculture production systems in the world and, as consumers, we can use our purchasing power and make a difference!”



Salmon Farm Diseases and Sockeye

“There is evidence that disease from the 70+ salmon farms on the migration route of Fraser sockeye represents the perhaps the biggest threat to our wild fish.This film illustrates the basic dynamics of salmon migration routes, diseases in farms and our governments role in the depletion of our most precious resource. produced by volunteer efforts. For more films visit For Information on how to participate visit : "


If this concerns or interests you, here is the full length documentary:

“Salmon Confidential is a film on the government cover up of what is killing BC’s wild salmon. When biologist Alexandra Morton discovers BC’s wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European salmon viruses associated with salmon farming worldwide, a chain of events is set off by government to suppress the findings. Tracking viruses, Morton moves from courtrooms, into British Columbia’s most remote rivers, Vancouver grocery stores and sushi restaurants. The film documents Morton’s journey as she attempts to overcome government and industry roadblocks thrown in her path and works to bring critical information to the public in time to save BC’s wild salmon.

The film provides surprising insight into the inner workings of government agencies, as well as rare footage of the bureaucrats tasked with managing our fish and the safety of our food supply.”




Genetically engineered salmon: Coming soon to a bagel near you?

Genetically engineered salmon is on the verge of being approved by the FDA.“Do you want to be experimented on by eating sushi or bagels and lox made with a new type of salmon with eel genes in it — salmon which hasn’t been adequately tested for safety of human consumption?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking public comments through April 26, on whether to approve the first genetically engineered (“GE” or “GMO”) animal species: Atlantic salmon with chinook salmon and ocean pout (eel, non-kosher) genes forced into its DNA.


Dr. Michael Hansen, Senior Scientist at Consumers Union (publisher of Consumer Reports) writes that the FDA determination of no additional significant health risk is based on manipulated data and inadequate studies. Allergy risk findings were based on only six fish, and those allergic to finfish could experience severe allergic reactions.

* Rabbi Elihu Gevirtz of Netiya said the Torah prohibits eating swimming animals that do not have both fins and scales. Eel lacks scales, suggesting GE salmon might not be entirely a salmon, and therefore may not be kosher. Also, creation of a part-fish, part-eel seems impermissible as a violation of the Torah’s prohibition to mix species.

imagesCAKJ1UQ8 Friends of the Earth writes, “GE salmon are unhealthy and suffer from skeletal deformities, jaw erosions, inflammation, lesions, increased susceptibility to disease, and increased mortality, raising serious … human health concerns from eating sick fish.  Overall, GE salmon have 40% higher levels of IGF-1.”

“IGF-1 is a hormone that has been associated with increased risk of a number of cancers, especially prostate, breast, colorectal and lung,” adds Dr. Hansen.

images[3] The Center for Food Safety summarizes that the science is not there to say these fish are safe to eat.  Manufacturer AquaBounty plans to sell it without a GE label.  You won’t know you are eating it.

Over 300 consumer, health, fishing, environmental, parent, and animal rights groups are opposing FDA approval.  The Los Angeles City Council unanimously opposes it.  Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s pledge not to sell it.  That’s why I am taking action, and I hope you will, too.”  More at:


* From Me:  It is not just in the Torah, it is in the Bible, too: Deuteronomy 14:9 Of all the creatures living in the water, you may eat any that has fins and scales.

Leviticus 11:9 These shall you eat of all that are in the waters: whatever has fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall you eat.

Leviticus 11:10 But all creatures in the seas or streams that do not have fins and scales--whether among all the swarming things or among all the other living creatures in the water--you are to regard as unclean.


Just Label It

Tell the FDA:  Label and Fully Review GE Salmon!


“The FDA is on the path for approving genetically engineered salmon, despite widespread public disapproval. AquaBounty AquaAdvantage transgenic salmon are genetically engineered to produce growth hormones year-round to make the fish grow at twice its natural rate.
images[7] Once this GE salmon hits our supermarkets, it will NOT be labeled as genetically engineered! We have the right to know what we are eating.

The FDA is accepting comments through April 26th.  We need you to take action today, while you still can!  Sign the petition below to tell the FDA to label and fully review GE salmon!” Here:



AquaBounty CEO Says GMO Salmon to be Approved in 2013, Tell the FDA No Way!

“We need to let the FDA know that the American people don't want to eat GMO salmon - the world's first mutant animal for human consumption.  Tell President Obama and the FDA to ban the approval of GMO salmon!”


On This Day:

Nuclear explosion at Chernobyl, Apr 26, 1986:

“On this day in 1986, the world's worst nuclear accident to date occurs at the Chernobyl nuclear plant near Kiev in Ukraine. The full toll from this disaster is still being tallied, but experts believe that thousands of people died and as many as 70,000 suffered severe poisoning. In addition, a large area of land may not be livable for as much as 150 years. The 18-mile radius around Chernobyl was home to almost 150,000 people who had to be permanently relocated.  The Soviet government kept its own people and the rest of the world in the dark about the accident until days later.

A huge fireball erupted into the sky. Flames shot 1,000 feet into the air for two days, as the entire reactor began to melt down. Radioactive material was thrown into the air like fireworks. Although firefighting was futile, Pripyat's 40,000 people were not evacuated until 36 hours after the explosion. Potentially lethal rain fell as the fires continued for eight days. Dikes were built at the Pripyat River to contain damage from contaminated water run-off and the people of Kiev were warned to stay indoors as a radioactive cloud headed their way.

On May 9, workers began encasing the reactor in concrete. Later, Hans Blix of the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that approximately 200 people were directly exposed and that 31 had died immediately at Chernobyl. The clean-up effort and the general radioactive exposure in the region, however, would prove to be even more deadly. Some reports estimate that as many as 4,000 clean-up workers died from radiation poisoning. Birth defects among people living in the area have increased dramatically. Thyroid cancer has increased tenfold in Ukraine since the accident.”



Misty and I went to get Jay, as he wanted to go shopping with me.  We had measured how many feet we needed for the roof extension over my front porch. 

SAM_0767-2We wanted to use the same white translucent panels that I had used on the guest house.  Anything else would make my living room dark.  But when we got there, the company had decided to use what they had left on the side walls of a new building they were putting up.  We stopped at Home Depot and Lowes, but what they have is slightly different, so we will have to make do with that.  It only comes in 12’ sheets, so I will have to find a way to transport it.  Jay bought 2-2"x 6”x 12’ boards, and we got them in the van with about 9" sticking out of the passenger window, but I don’t think we can do that with the roofing.

As I was looking through yesterday’s FaceBook postings, I saw one from Wendy, my daughter.  It said that someone named Bill had had a massive heart attack, and prayers were needed.  I knew who it was even before she called me.  It is my ex-husband from many years ago who she thinks of as her Dad, and they are pretty close.  Wendy is going to visit him in a local hospital, so she is coming to stay with me today.


Dizzy-Dick said...

I hope for Wendy's sake that he will be alright soon.

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Thank you for your good wishes, DD.

It's looking good so far, as he has been moved from ICU into a room. This is his seventh heart attack!

Happy Tails and Trails, Penny.