Citizens support ban on the sale of genetically engineered fish – 164 citizens, 361 responses

Dec 05, 2015

The debate surrounding GMOs has garnered media attention after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the first genetically engineered animal—a salmon—for human consumption. In light of this development, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members, “Should NH ban the sale of genetically engineered fish that are approved for human consumption?” 

In response, a total of 84% of respondents answered directly or with a concurrence. Out of these responses, a 66% majority said NH should ban the sale of genetically engineered fish that are approved for human consumption with 34% against it. Of the remaining respondents, 12% opted to discuss the subject in broader terms while 4% commented on unrelated issues. In sum, 164 citizens participated in the discussion with a total of 361 responses. 

For those who supported banning the sale of genetically engineered fish, many expressed concern at the long term health implications.  “They have already been shown to cause cancer,” remarked one woman. Some expressed concerns at the possible impact on the environment, including one respondent who noted, “If the species escapes and enters the wild, the results on natural fish populations could be catastrophic.”

For many against the ban, however, clear labeling was adequate in addressing the concerns of the majority. “Just label it and let people make their own choices,” said one gentleman. Others questioned the evidence to which some of the majority appealed. One respondent remarked, “There is no scientific evidence linking the consumption of GMO foods to any new health risks.”

For respondents who did not provide a direct “yes” or “no” to the question, some focused on the taste of genetically engineered fish, while others commented on labeling without offering an opinion on a ban. Several offered their own solutions, including one gentleman who said, “I am no longer eating anything I don't know the origin of and anything from the Pacific or Alaska—even if labeled 'wild caught.'”

Click here to read the full Facebook discussion of this question. 

Do you think NH should ban the sale of GMO fish? Leave a comment and have your say! 

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