The way our regulatory agencies work is to keep pending approvals for genetically modified animals on file, in secret, until a decision determines if it's suddenly in the stores unlabeled, or no, not yet.
“It’s clear that consumers oppose GM animals so we’re relieved the project is being shelved. The GM pig was going to drive consumers away from eating pork if it was ever approved for market,” said Paul Slomp, Youth Vice-President of the National Farmers Union.
[When the first such pig was created in 1999] I had the feeling in seven or eight or nine years that transgenic animals probably would be acceptable. But I was wrong. It’s time to stop the program until the rest of the world catches up ~ and it is going to catch up.
Mouse-pig or Franken-Swine could have been the very first GM animal for consumption ~ bacon just wouldn't have been the same again; and, actually, it isn't.
It's the Circle of Death ~ but the cycle is only beginning.
For better animal treatment, environmental healing, and human health.
Pigs need phosphorous for bone, teeth, and cell formation but their typical Bt corn and soybean diets leave them with 80% of their phosphorous in an non-digestible form.
That and stuffing a thousand pigs into one facility is what caused the phosphorous mess.
That phosphorous manure is then heaped on the GM corn and soy as fertilizer, further increasing the indigestible phosphorous diet. The Circle of Death continues.
The answer to the environmental problem caused by GMOs is not more genetic modification!
CBAN suggested the following:
There are already many solutions to this problem including reducing the number of pigs raised in one place, changing feed ingredients, trucking liquid manure longer distances, dry composting manure, or expanding the area of land for spreading manure. Additionally, there is already the cost-effective, simple technological fix of a phytase supplement that can be added to hog feed.
Former vice president of research at the University of Guelph said of the incident,
“Things you don’t expect to happen can happen.”
HOW DID ENVIRO-PIG ALMOST PASS; WHAT CHANGED?
Pork producers were afraid to associate with Enviro-pig for fear of bad public relations. Enviro-pig is safely off the shelf thanks to concerned farmers and activists like you creating more awareness. Especially the tenacious efforts of CBAN. Gratefully so ~ we get around 40% of our pork from Canada. CBAN will now redouble their efforts of stopping GM super-growing salmon.
The media might bemoan the naysayers who tried to stop the "good guys" who already pumped millions into a misguided "solution" for the environment. Truthfully, the pigs, environment and farming markets are much safer with Enviro-pig's timely exit.
With great hope, farmers will continue to alter the structure and move towards economical healthy feed and confinement changes. Otherwise, consumer sway will move to decentralize further and seek better treated pigs, leaving lots of poor farmers undeservedly holding the GMO feed bag.