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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

7/12/2004

Something Fishy

Mary Ellen Wallace of the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association says she would prefer Alaskan restaurants not label their salmon as wild or farmed.

"I think it's unfortunate. Part of the challenge we have is that people are trying to equate farmed with dangerous."

Wallace calls the labelling regulation part of a strategy by Alaska's commercial fishers to reduce competition from farmed salmon producers.
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I am always amazed at the inability of fish farmers and GMO food makers to recognize that labelling is not the enemy. With farmed fish a consumer ggiven the choice may well decide to opt for wild caught salmon, until they don't. Eventually, the consumer will eat a farmed fish, not die and get over whatever their issues with the farmed fish are. Yes, there will be a dip in sales for a year or two. But telling people what they are eating should be a positive.

With GMOs it makes even more sense to label. The vast majority of the population has been eating GMO food for years without any ill effects. (It is virually impossible to buy a non-GMO soya bean and soya is in a vast number of processed foods.) But, because of the stuborn refusal of the food industry and supermarkets to label, those people have no idea.

On the one side it really is a right to know/transparancy issue, on the other it would be smart business to simply say - "these fish are farmed, these beans genetically modified, get over it."