Can anyone name one anti-GMOer thats not a self-indulgent, arrogant moron?
Google News alerted me to this breathless expose by an Anne Hart: “Why farmed fish are genetically altered for faster growth with a carrier retrovirus”
Now, for some reason I can only get this article via Google cache. Hopefully this means some editor pulled this article because its so mind numbingly stupid/arrogant/shrill. But somehow I doubt that.
Frequent readers of ERV could probably fix Harts ‘errors’ themselves, at this point, but Imagonna do it anyway 🙂
First, lets get this basic fact out of the way.
Raving anti-GMOer: Why farmed fish are genetically altered for faster growth with a carrier retrovirus
Q. Have any transgenic fish been approved in the U.S.?
A. Transgenic fish of various species of salmon, tilapia, channel catfish and others are being actively investigated worldwide as possible new food-producing varieties. Technology developed for using transgenic fish as laboratory models to study developmental biology is being applied to food fish species with the aim of adding agronomically important traits, like improved growth rates and disease resistance.
No transgenic fish have been approved for producing food in the U.S., although a variety of transgenic fish species can be found in laboratories around the world. As there is active investigation of transgenic fish abroad, as well as in the U.S., the public and the research community are occasionally exposed to predictions of the imminent commercial release of transgenic fish into the food supply. This should not occur without the pre-market approval from CVM, for those fish that have an added gene-based animal drug.
Unless youre breaking into research facilities to ‘buy’ your ‘farm raised’ fish, this anti-GMO rant has no connection to reality.
But lets say 10 years from now, GMO fishies are on the market!
Yeah yeah, you dont want to eat a roid-raging fish because all animals were specially created by our Lord 6,000 years ago, and
selectively breeding genetically modifying fish to be larger is an abomination against God.
But dont drag my retroviruses into your personal food preferences.
‘TEHY BE PUDDING CANKER VIRUS IN MAH FISH FUD!’ also has no connection to reality.
Farmed fish start out by having the rous sarcoma virus implanted into a specialized gene early in their embryonic development in order to amplify the fish’s growth hormone. The virus acts as a carrier. It’s called a vector (meaning a carrier virus). The farmed fish are made to grow faster and larger.
This specific rous sarcoma virus has been known since 1911 to cause cancer in chickens. See the article titled, “The Rous Sarcoma Virus (RSV).” For more information, also see The Cholersterol Hoax, by Sherry A. Rogers, M.D., page 193.
It’s an oncogenic virus — that is, a virus capable of causing cancer. This virus originally came from tumors of sick chickens back in 1911. The tumors were sarcomas, tumors of connective tissue. The virus was named the rous sarcoma virus (RSV) during those first 1911 experiments. Back then, healthy chickens were vaccinated with the virus from sick chickens that had cancer.
The purpose of the 1911 experiment showed that healthy chickens could be made to get cancer from a specific virus. The rous sarcoma virus is a retrovirus. Cancer can be induced in healthy chickens by injecting them with a cell-free extract of the tumor of a sick chicken.
You know how anti-GMOers were OMFGFREAKING over cauliflower mosaic virus in tomatoes? Scientists just steal viral promoters all the time for gene therapy and genetic modifications cause theyre super handy? Well thats what some scientists have done in the lab with fish. Stole a retroviral promoter, plopped it in front of the fish growth hormone, and YAY! Roid-raging fishies with lots of meat.
Even though they are using a viral promoter, there is no ‘infecting’ going on. There is nothing ‘viral’ about this kind of genetic modification– theyre just using a viral promoter. Like, I just stole a fluorescent protein from a jellyfish for my experiments. That doesnt mean my HIV-1 viruses float around looking for clown fish to eat, nor do I need to be worried about HIV nematocysts stinging me.
So while its certainly true some retroviruses can cause cancer just by the nature of their insertion, thats not going on in these GMO fish. And, the cancer causing agent in rous sarcoma virus is its ‘SRC‘ gene. If the SRC gene is not included in the genetic cassette (why the hell would scientists add that??), thats not gonna cause RSV tumors in fish.
‘Cancer virus’ has nothing to do with anything, but it sure is a handy scapegoat if you are anti-GMO!
There’s another problem. Aids also is a retrovirus.
OH, and AIDS. AIDS is also, evidently, a handy scapegoat. ‘Aids’ is not a retrovirus. ‘Aids’ are ‘assistants’. AIDS is a disease caused by a retrovirus. HIV-1 is a retrovirus. HIV-1 has jack shit to do with transgenic fish.
Aaaaand here we go with
Evil Big Pharma Evil Monsanto Evil Food Producing Like People.
So are a lot of other tumor viruses taken from one animal and put into another. Why genetically alter fish with retroviruses just to increase the growth hormone? There’s a reason why farmed fish are implanted with the rous sarcoma virus in order to increase their growth hormones.
The faster and bigger farmed fish grow, the more money they make. Each business and each hired scientist has a reason for genetically engineering farmed fish.
HIRED scientists! Why I never! REAL scientists work for FREE making vaccines to kill babies!
Hired scientists! Harumph!
But theres MORE!
But there’s more. Omega 6 fatty acids replace much of the omega 3 fatty acids in farmed fish.
You’ll find more omega 3 fatty acids in wild caught fish than you’ll find in genetically engineered farmed fish. The elevated levels of omega 6 fatty acids in farmed fish keep rising year after year, replacing the omega 3 fatty acids. Part of the reason why is because farmed fish are fed increasingly more commercial soybean pellets that contain pesticides.
The soybean pellets also have been genetically engineered (unless you’re raising fish yourself and feeding them organic fish foods). The commercial soybean pellets fed to farmed fish are full of pesticides such as Roundup that originally had been sprayed on the commercial soybean pellets along with other commercial insecticides, sometimes even with herbicides (for getting rid of weeds around the soybeans) and various pesticides.
All those GMO fish that you arent buying at the grocery store because they havent been approved by the FDA? THEY DONT HAVE AS MUCH OMEGA 3/6 FATTY ACID… BECAUSE OF MOAR GMOS!!!!
Where is she getting this info?
Fail boat keeps on sailin:
The irradiation of farmed fish not only destroys the bad bacteria. It also neutralizes some of the vitamins. So now you have fewer vitamins in farmed fish than in wild fish. When you get the cheaper farmed fish home, perhaps the fish are microwaved.
Now the fish coming out of the microwave oven has had all the antioxidants destroyed
WONT SOMEONE PLEASE THINK OF THE ANTIOXIDANTS???? YOURE KILLING THEM! YOURE KILLING THEM!!!!
Jesus tapdancing Christ.
Thank gawd she finishes this trainwreck the same way every kook finishes an article: Buy my book.
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Lady, I dont believe one goddamned word that comes outta your head.