It was recently announced in the news that the FDA will likely “OK” the first genetically modified animal as being safe to eat for humans. The animal in question, a genetically engineered salmon, has a gene from an eel inserted to make it grow fast, and it also has a gene which produces a growth hormone added to its genetic makeup as well. Some scientists are concerned about the effects of eating the genetically enhanced salmon. Nonetheless, if approved dozens of genetically altered animals may be served to humans unknowingly. This article discusses 10 signs that may indicate that a food is genetically engineered.
1. Your fish, or shrimp, has three eyes. No that’s not a normal variation, but could indicate that your meal has been mutated by cosmic rays in order to produce a genetically enhanced aquatic subspecies. Three eyed fish caught by fishermen is often called a “Moe” in honor of the three stooges.
2. Despite your attempts to boil a piece of fish, it continues to flip about as though it is alive. Many genetically altered animals have organs which are able to survive days, and even weeks, past the death of the organism as a whole.
3. After eating a suspect piece of meat, you begin to feel lightheaded, and notice marked changes in your personality. This could be a sign of food poisoning, eating a genetically modified jumbo shrimp, or it could be an early stage in the infection with Zombie Type A virus. (For more information about Zombie Type A virus click here.)
4. Fish which have appendages similar to those of a chicken or a crocodile most likely have been genetically altered.
5. It is often said that genetically modified animals will glow orange in the dark when exposed to ultraviolet light. However, this occurs in only about 25% of genetically modified creatures and can’t be used to reliably distinguish the organic from the genetically modified.
6. While you may not be able to tell the difference between natural and genetically modified food, mother nature can. It is often said that a scrap of genetically modified fish, or beef, when placed on an ant hill won’t be touched by the bugs who actually avoided it like the plague. This has led many proponents of the genetically modified food industry to support a campaign for “genetically modified food picnics” which would be 100% safe from invasion by ants.
7. A delicacy in China is genetically modified Shark fin soup, which supposedly has a flavor more like chicken than regular Shark fin soup. As sharks are an endangered species, a Chinese entrepreneur genetically engineered a species of shark which is five times bigger than your regular shark and is much more difficult to kill out of the hopes that it will repopulate the species and provide more pounds of shark fin per shark.
8. A new type of genetically engineered meat contains genes from the buffalo, the chicken, and the pig; which when mixed together in a genetic soup created a new meat called “Buffapicken”. Supposedly the flavor is very gamey and goes well with lime juice and onions in a Buffapicken taco.
9. Some consumers who have eaten the genetically modified salmon under FDA review have begun to sprout little fish fins along their spine. While the FDA denies that this has anything to do with consumption of the genetically modified fish, many consumers are waiting to see if more cases of “fish spine” pop up.
10. It is believed that genetically modified fish has already been used as an ingredient filler to produce Capt. O’Malley’s fish sticks as the cartoon figure of Capt. O’Malley on the fish box now has three eyes.
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