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The Center for Food Safety (CFS) has been nominated for the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation’s (ITIF’s) 2015 “Luddite Award.” . . .
CFS was nominated mainly for going to court to stop the introduction of fast-growing bioengineered salmon known as AquAdvantage, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved. The genetically engineered fish will, according to FDA, be in “all respects relevant to health, safety, and nutrition, indistinguishable from any other Atlantic salmon.” . . .
CFS has many lawyers but only one scientist on staff, according to ITIF, which claims that the organization has little or no expertise food safety, but “demonstrated experience in promoting fear.”
“Their raison d’etre is to use misleading claims, lawsuits, and other harassment to oppose agricultural innovation and keep the world safe for Victorian farming methods,” ITIF says. “Besides opposing more affordable and healthier salmon, the Center for Food Safety also has pushed to stigmatize foods derived through biotech improvements by labeling them even when exhaustive research concludes there is no health, safety, or nutritional information to convey to the public.”
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