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Freaky Frankenstein Fishes by Ian R Thorpe.
Once again we find ouselves questioning the sanctity of science as a new scheme to farm genetically modified (G.M. salmon that grow to twice the size of a normal adult salmon in half the time nears approval by the United States F.D.A.. It this another case of scientists blinding themselves with science and failing to see the very obvious flaws in the plan?

America's Tea Party Coming To BritainFreaky Frankenstein Fish
by Ian R Thorpe.
2010-10-05
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KEYWORDS: fish, farm, farming, food, crisis, science, scientists, g.m. genetic, modification, engineering, gene, agriculture, industry,fisheries, biotech, salmon, FDA, American, government

A prospectus inviting people to invest in a biotech startup company repeats an attention - grabbing claim made by UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation.

"Commercial aquaculture is the most rapidly growing segment of the agricultural industry, accounting for more than $60bn sales in 2003. While land-based agriculture is increasing between 2% to 3% per year, aquaculture has been growing at an average rate of approximately 9% per year since 1970," says the blurb, quoting United Nations public relations material.

The prospectus for the US company AquaBounty then offers this snippet from the UN Agriculture and Fisheries people to reel in anybody tempted by the idea of investing in their GM fish farming scheme: "The traditional fishery harvest from the ocean has stagnated since 1990."

Cue the armageddonists: It's the end of the world, carbon is choking all those fish and drilling for oil is destroying their habitat, oh woe, woe, we must all kill ourselves to save the planet. But wait, what was said is the catch has stagnated not declined. If there is a shortage of fish leading to increased prices in markets it is due to increased demand, i.e. more people chasing the same amount of fish.

What can be done to satisfy the seemingly insatiable appetite for fish and alleviate the problems caused in the third world by western factory ships plundering traditional fishing grounds and depriving the local population of their main source of protein and fats? Well we can invest in fish farming which is what this biotech startup is all about.

Forecasts estimate the next ten years will see the consumption of farmed fish outpace global beef consumption by nearly 10%. That is roughly in line with the increase in global population so we are effectively in a situation in which we have to keep running faster just to stay in the same place.

In trueentrepreneurial spirit the biotech startup has identified an opportunity and in the true spirit of scientific advance neither they nor the United Nations experts have spared one second's thought for possible unintended consequences.

The company, AquaBounty, whose shares are traded on London's Alternative Investment Market, thinks it has come up with an answer. And if, as looks increasingly likely, the US government food and drug administration approves their idea, the implications for global food production will be enormous. Welcome to the Brave New World of "GM salmon".

The company's business plan is based on selling genetically modified salmon eggs that will hatch into fish genetically programmed to grow to maturity in half the normal time received a boost last month when it announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had granted approval for the project to go ahead.

If everything now goes according to plan Aqua bounty's GM salmon will become the first GM-engineered animal marketed for human consumption. Dramatically speeding up the time it takes to harvest a mature salmon could stimulate a huge rise in production, making salmon plentiful and cheaper for American consumers, GM enthusiasts say. The European Union's ban on GM foods which was implemented after a huge public backlash at the rush to GM remains in place.

AquaBounty expects to receive final approval to sell the fish for human consumption by the end of this year, meaning GM salmon could be on supermarket shelves within three years. The company's share price rose sharply on the strength of the announcement. But the euphoria the company and its investors experienced following last month's developments quickly evaporated amid a furious backlash from consumer groups in America.

"The controversy over this genetically modified fish farming project puts paid once and for all to the myth that US consumers are happy to eat GM food," Eve Mitchell, European food policy adviser at Food and Water Watch Europe, which opposes GM food commented. "Consumers are not happy, and in fact jammed up the White House telephone lines last week protesting any approval. Quite understandably the salmon industry is not happy either, as people will simply avoid all salmon rather than risk getting this stuff. Only those who stand to gain financially think this is a good idea."

Predictably, corporate fish processing interests (Big Fish?) have waded into the row. Local radio stations from Ireland to Canada carried interviews with angry fishermen who fear that initial reluctance to consume GM salmon will be overcome by economics. "Genetically modified food is just a bad deal," a commercial fisherman in Charleston, South Carolina, said in an interview with his local radio station. "This will attack our marketplace. It'll come on the market so cheap that people will buy it, because we're all on a budget."

AquaBounty executives are keen to play down these fears. The company is more interested in selling its technology into the emerging markets of Chile, China and Asia rather than competing with the American and European fishing industries. "The global salmon market is very, very large and the opportunity is in areas that cannot raise salmon," Stotish told UK Sunday newspaper The Observer. "We don't believe it will threaten any national markets, particularly for the high-value premium markets."

AquaBounty is also struggling against warnings that its pioneering product threatens the natural food chain. The company says it's genetic technology ensures that more than 98% of its salmon cannot reproduce. In addition, the eggs it produces (which are all female thus ensuring the GM fish cannot reproduce among themselves) will be sold only to strictly monitored growers operating fish farms under licence from the FDA..

Biological and physical containment minimises chances of interaction with wild salmon. At present about 95% of the world's salmon is already produced in fish farms, a statistic the biotech industry and GM science enthusiasts point to in support of their pet scheme. Helen Wallace, of the anti-GM group GeneWatch, has some major serious concerns however.

She writes on the organisation's web site: "AquaBounty admit that they expect more than 1% of their fish to be able to reproduce," Wallace said. "If, as they intend, they end up producing large numbers of eggs, that's a large risk." Escaped GM salmon could "outcompete" its wild counterpart by reproducing earlier and threatening its food supply. Some researchers have suggested that even a small number of escaped GM salmon could cause extinction of wild populations in as little as 40 generations.

With potentially weak constitutions, the new salmon might then struggle to adapt to life outside captivity. Food and Water Watch goes as far as to suggest the GM salmon "may only last long enough in the wild to prevent natural populations from reproducing, leading to a total extinction of salmon in open waters".

Such concerns are genuine but if we take a look at the history of the fish farming industry there are far more humble threats posed to the environment ' in the interests of science.' Salmon farming and other branches of aquaculture are know to have caused environmental damage in areas where the industry has been introduced. The farmed fish, not living in a natural environment, are prone to disease, build up of unconsumed food and excrement on the sea bed promotes algal blooms (which are a known contributor to ocean acidification, one of the alarmists great demons) and from a human point of view the use of antibiotics in feeds to contain diseases but some very undesirable things in the human food chain. Is it any wonder antibiotics are no longer effective on many infections when out systems are bombarded with them from so many directions?

There is also the usual loonytoons economics of any industry dependent on science. Farmed salmon require special foods and each pound of marine farm feed requires three pounds of wild caught fish (problems associated with salmon farming). This statistic alone destroys the economic case for rapid expansion of the fish farming industry. The only reason salmon and trout farming took off is because both these game fish were relatively expensive due to scarcity. Farming has in fact brought the price down so much that it is no longer economically viable to farm fish as a business in the developed nations. So those who wring their hands, wail and gnash their teeth about the environment shoot themselves in the foot again by supporting this advance for genetic science. How does it benefit the planet for us to fly farmed fish halfway round the world from South America or Asia so it can undercut the cod, haddock, herrings and other wild fish that proliferate in northern waters and provide thousands in the fishing industry with their livelehood.?

Such concerns strengthen the case of GM sceptics in the wider battle between pro-GM groups and an increasingly confident organic movement. GM crop production is promoted aggressively on the grounds that it can help eliminate global hunger and bring down food prices. There is little evidence to support this. Though corporations involved in GM such as Monsanto claim their technology can create drought resistant strains of food crops but though the crops may not die in prolonged dry periods vast amounts of water are still needed to swell the fruits, grains and tubers and produce a good yield. As well as the impending food crisis the world faces a water crisis caused by extraction of ground water from rivers and aquifers. All fruit and vegetable crops are mostly water and cereals require watering though they are dry when they reach the table. We are pumping water out of the ground faster than nature can replace it so what is the point of introducing GM crops which will accelerate that process when we have no way of synthesizing water to make up for the shortfall.

Opponents claim the promised GM revolution that saw crops made resistant to potent herbicides – something that could dramatically reduce farmers' spraying time – has resulted in the rise of superweeds across vast tracts of US farmland. The enthusiasm of the scientific academy for GM technology now is reminiscent of their enthusiasm for DDT in the 1950s. DDT was seen as a cure all pesticide that would dramatically reduce destruction of food crops by insects. It did that but the science fans, though they knew of its toxicity to mammals did not bother to find out how long the chemical stayed toxic. Uncontrolled use of DDT in the Americas and Africa caused environmental and humanitarian disasters. That is what happens when people narrow their perspective to avoid seeing the big picture.

Having reiterated the case against DDT we have to remember that when the pesticide was banned there was a huge increase in fatalities from Malaria. While DDT had harmed livestock and humans it had been very effective in controlling malaria carrying mosquitos, one of the deadliest pests to humans. Ah well, nobody ever said life would be simple.

The problem with many scientific advances particularly those connected with our efforts to control nature is that for every problem they solve another, equally as bad, is created.

One must wonder where this desire to play God is leading. Nobody has ever made a real need - based case for GM salmon, instead objections are diverted by the usual sneering from those people who accuse their critics of religious superstition but who are themselves trying to turn science into a religion with its creeds and dogmas sacrosanct and unquestionable.

A goat that produces a spider's web protein thus paving the way for silk to be produced on dairy farms is under development. GM goats have also been raised to produce human breast milk and a special protein to help people whose blood cannot flow smoothly. And then there is the GloFish, a genetically modified fluorescent zebrafish that, according to its sales blurb, would grace any aquarium and comes in three "striking colours" – starfire red, electric green and sunburst orange. Cui bono, one must ask. Why do we need to make silk from goats or a designer zebra fish? "Because we can," is the olny answer the Church of Science can offer.

In spite of the the rush by corporate forces to spread GM's reach and scope, some governments are standing firm. As mentioned about the European Union has imposed a ban on further GM development mainly because of public opposition but also because cases of environmental damage have been proved. In the far east Muhyiddin Yassin, deputy prime minister of Malaysia, one of the most technologically advanced nations in the region, recently announced his government would not be releasing genetically modified male Aedes mosquitoes capable of sterilising female mosquitoes. "We must consider several aspects of the proposed release, including its impact on the environment," Yassin said. "In addition, the release of the mosquitoes must be endorsed by several international organisations."

For GM sceptics and those suspicious of the indecent haste with which the science community is trying to impose this development on us, the U-turn was a cause for celebration, a sign that politicians still accept that the technology carries massive risks. But the ultimate victory in the argument about genetically modified food comes down to the invisible hand of the market. Both sides agree it is significant that none of the big GM technology companies such as Monsanto is attempting to create GM meat or fish, preferring to focus on more lucrative GM crop production.

Helen Wallace has said, "The process of genetically modifying animals has been a commercial failure, too many scientists and small biotech companies have genetically engineered animals just because they can, without thinking through the technical, economic, marketing, animal welfare, environmental or social issues."

And that is, is it not, the factor that makes so many of us suspicious of science. Far too often the scientists fall down because they are far more interested in showing off how much more clever than we mere mortals and nature itself they are than in meeting any real need, solving any real problem or creating something that will be a true benefit for many people.

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The Europhile German Social Democratic Party (SPD) politician stated that if the populist, anti-mass migration Norbert Hofer becomes president "this will change Europe’s character". Last month Hofer came top in the first round of the Austrian elections, and in two weeks voters will go to the polls for the second round, to choose between the right wing FPO figure and his Green rival Alexander Van der Bellen as the nation’s next head of state.

Armed Forces Minister: Obama ‘Woefully Ignorant’ of Threat EU Membership Poses
Referring to a statement Mr Obama made in the Telegraph on Friday in which he said: “The European Union doesn’t moderate British influence – it magnifies it,” she responded: “Unfortunately this opinion betrays a woeful ignorance of the practical reality of the EU’s impact on our security, and the interests of the U.K. and the US.”

Wall Street 'Whistleblower' Exposes Clinton Foundation Fraud

The woman is a phoney, a self interested, self aggrandizing elitist with a sense of entitlement the size of a galaxy. Whatever Hillary does, and whatever minority group the claims she is acting in the interests of, you can bet the main beneficiaries are Hillary Clinton, her family and her cronies.
No surprise then that a whistleblower has exposed Hillary's charity, 'The Clinton Foundation as a fraud.

De Dollarisation Accelerates As Russia Prepares To Launch Ruble-Priced Oil Trading Platform Russia is ready to take the next step towards killing the petro-dollar and dumping the US$ as global reserve currency, a move we reported last year. Vladimir Putin's ruble-based pricing of its domestically-produced oil is on the verge of realization. SPIMEX (The St. Petersburg International Mercantile Exchange) is actively courting international oil traders to join its emerging futures market ...

Google Now Has Access To Millions Of Patient's Health Records


A controversial deal between tech giant Google and the National Health Service (NHS) will allow artificial intelligence units access to 1.6 million confidential medical records. Since 2014, Google has partnered with several scientists in an attempt to understand human health, but a new report reveals the data gathering goes far beyond what was originally anticipated - well now there's a surprise.

How Facebook, Instagram, Google, and Twitter Use Censorship to Kill Free Speech
A new study by Onlinecensorship.org — a collaborative effort between the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Visualizing Impact reveals that social media sites and search engine operators have been collaborating closely with government agencies to control the type of content we may see online. Most readers will know of people who have been kicked off the social networking site for designated periods of time for ‘violating community standards' ...

EU Commission Backs Turkey Visa-Free Travel Amid Terrorist Cautions
As if the EU does not have enough problems of its own, the Bureaucrats of Brussels seem determined to take on the middle's east's perpetual violent chaos by granting Turkey the right of visa - free movement throughout the Schengen zone for its 70million citizens and tens of thousands of jihadists

German Justice Minister Runs From Stage As Angry Audience Members Yell "TRAITOR!"
The peoples' pushback against European federalisation and genocide of Europe's white working classes by flooding nation states with third world immigrants continues to gather pace as, with the onset of warmer weather, the flow of illegal immigrants into Europe starts to increase towards last year's levels.

TTIP document leak - A preview of the corporate fascism treaty from War On Want
The Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) was teetering on the brink of failure before Greenpeace Netherlands obtained a massive swathe of leaked documents that prove the treaty is, as many people feared, a corporate power grab rather than a free trade arrangement. This exposure will not stop the fascist regimes of the European Union and the United States trying to push it through against massive public opposition. The ruling elites have only contempt for democracy and the people

The ‘Colossal Unmentionable’ of the Climate Fraud
An incisive analysis from The Wall Street Journal that shows who and what will benefit from the great climate change scam (clue, it will not be the climateor the environment and it will certainly not be people like you and me.)

US-Created System In Iraq Is Collapsing: Protesters Storm Parliament
Less than two years ago, the US set up a puppet government in the mid-east state of Iraq when, following US pressure, on August 14, 2014 then prime minister al-Maliki agreed to stepped down and be replaced with Haider al-Abadi. Today, the regime is in chaos and the system set up by the US is collapsing. Yesterday protesters loyal to popular Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr broke through a security cordon into the Green Zone, home to government buildings

So Long, Schengen: Six EU States to Resurrect National Borders in Mid-May

The governments of six European state have announced they will reinstate border controls as the immigration crisis starts to gather momentum once more with the onset of warmer weather. The authorities of Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden are in favor of extending the temporary border controls within the European Union, which are due to expire in May, in the framework of the Schengen Borders Code rules, German media reported Saturday.

Obama Admin Denies Saying “No Boots on the Ground” in Syria After Saying It 16 Times This is our second report today that catches Barack Obama and his administration of 'homies' in a blatant lie. The first related to the TTIP trade treaty, this one concerns the decision to deploy American ground troops in Syria, after Obama had repeatedly stated there would never be any US soldiers on the ground in Syria

The Oligarchy Is Tottering - Trump Tramples The Neocons' "False Song Of Globalism"
Donald Trump scares the global establishment as do the anti Federalisation parties in the EU. We take a long and detailed look at why, and exactly what the globalist agenda would have meant for freedom and democracy had people not wonken up and opposed it in vast numbers. Kudos to the Islamic Jihad too, medievalist religious nuts they may be, but they resisted American attempt to impose western consumer culture on them.

The Pretensions Of Pop Culture And The Death Of Intellect

... It’s part of a distressing pattern these days of overwrought commentary about popular culture. As well as Beyoncé thinkpieces there are the Stars Wars thinkpieces, of course, and the Lana Del Rey thinkpieces or, God help us, even Kanye West thinkpieces. Don’t get me started on the fact that “thinkpiece” is now treated as if it were a single word...

FBI Drops Hints They Are Ready to INDICT Hillary Clinton
Sources close to the FBI investigation into Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's offences relating to national security when she was Secretary of State say the Feds are ready to indict the frontrunner in the nomination process on charges relating to classified information.

Europe Rejects Obama Doctrine - US Exceptionalism Is Not Acceptable
With a backlash against his efforts to bully Britons into voting to remain in the EU pushing the leave campaign into a narrow lead in opinion polls Obama's vistit to Europe last week could hardly be described as a success. And now he has been told a foreign policy based on 'American Exceptionalism' is not acceptable and the USA must abide by the same international law as the rest of the world

Illegal Immigrants, Bogus Refugees and Jihadist Asylum Seekers - Europes Self Engineered Crisis For a UK based libertarian site dedicated to promoting the traditional values of personal and national liberty, freedom of speech and thought and democratic rule accoring to the will of the majority, the social and economic disaster that is the consequence of the European Union's 'borderless world' project is a big news topic that will run for years. Here are the Greeneeth team's posts on Europe's Immigrant Crisis and The Islamification Of Europe

US Threat to Businesses Scares EU Members As Summit On Continued Sanctions Nears
Although the US and EU economic santions on Russia in retaliation for Moscow's annexation of Crimea to prevent a genocide of the ethnic Russian majority by the neo Nazi government installed in Kiev after a US engineered coup deposed the elected government, weaker European nations are spooked at the possibility of US retaliation if they do not obey Washington's diktat

Weather Channel Founder Slams Global Warming Fraud
The climate change lobby have been on the back foot for a long time as eminent scientists queued to be next to point out that when real world observations repeatedly contradict data produced by mathematical models run on university computer systems, any credible research team would take a long critical look at their models rather than adjusting the empirical data so it gives the required answer.

Lifelong Feminist Carmen Paglia Slams Hypocrite Hillary Clinton And Her 'Liberal' Supporters
As strong evidence emerges that the New York Democratic Primary election between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders was rigged by the Democratic Party Nominations Committee in favour of their preferred candidate Clinton, America's hectoring on other nations on democracy are making it a laughing stock around the world.

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