Quinault Nation slams approval of genetically modified salmon
A prominent Pacific Northwest tribal leader is speaking out against the approval of the first genetically modified organism in the United States.
The Food and Drug Administration last week said AquAdvantage Salmon is safe to eat. But Fawn Sharp, the president of the Quinault Nation of Washington, said the decision prevents consumers from learning how the fish was produced.
“Beyond the fact that FDA is essentially forbidding the public the freedom of choice, its decisions run roughshod over both tribal and non-tribal fishing culture, a culture that dates back centuries and in our case thousands of years,” said Sharp, who also serves as president of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, which represents 57 tribes in six Northwest states.