A message for the government agencies dealing with salmon farms:
As we enter the turbulent times that are upon us, it is going to be increasingly important that we can trust our governments. We need to be able to believe you.
With this short video I try to explain to government agencies in Canada, Europe and Norway who are running interference for the salmon farming industry - it is getting really hard to take you seriously. You are paying a huge cost, you are losing credibility and this is not good for anyone. Not for you, not for us, not for the shareholders hoping to make some money off this scheme.
It is easy to go off course, a tiny bit at a time, easy not to notice immediately where you have ended up. But there is no excuse to perpetuate the things I mention in this video. You need to know the whole thing is looking more than a little dodgy.
When it comes to babies, toxins, and the first GMO food animal - we move past effect on "The Environment," we have threatened our own health.
ISA is an internationally reportable influenza-family virus, the most lethal salmon virus known and spreading worldwide where Atlantic salmon are raised in net pens. Most countries depopulate infected salmon farms, but not Canada. The CFIA allows ISA infected salmon to stay in the pens in eastern Canada. I am surprised the World Health Organization of Animals has not stepped in to bring Canada up to world standards. The CFIA's casual response to ISA in eastern Canada does elevate the concern over what they are doing in western Canada.
I am writing to you because, contrary to the CFIA's public statements, CFIA staff, Gary Kruger, informed me there has been no retesting of any of my samples, reason given; no chain of custody and the CFIA does not test samples submitted by members of the public (even apparently when they have tested positive for segment of ISA virus in one of the top ISA labs in the world).Download CFIA Email Thread highlightedb.pdf (128.6K)
What the CFIA told the World Organization for Animal Health and the Canadian public is opposite to what the CFIA told me. The stakes are high. An ISA virus positive in BC farmed salmon would trigger US border restrictions and threaten the wild salmon of western Canada and the U.S.
I have written to the CFIA every month since July 2013 asking, did the CFIA retest my samples or not? I have not received an answer. The World Organization of Animal Health refuses to tell me why they stripped the lab. In my view, the only reason the CFIA would get into this situation, is because there is validity to Dr. Kibenge's tests and they are protecting the industry.
I have posted my letters to the CFIA below.
Can you verify - did the CFIA retest the samples that I sent to Dr. Kibenge's lab or not? This is of international and domestic food security concern. If the CFIA did not retest the samples, Dr. Kibenge's results stand unchallenged and food security in BC has been compromised.
#2 Are you aware that in June 2013 Norwegian doctors advised strict limits on Norwegian farmed salmon consumption due to exposure to toxins?
Since then numerous Norwegian articles have described how Norway knew toxin levels were high in farmed salmon, but did not inform its citizens. They fired a scientist who tried to warn the public and successfully lobbied the European Union repeatedly to increase the allowable levels of toxins in farmed salmon feed. Here are a few articles about this translated via Google Translate: Download Norwegian Articles reduced file size.pdf (7271.5K) France is very concerned and pushing back.
This graph illustrates the sheer amount of toxins in Norwegian farmed salmon vs other proteins. It would appear Norwegian farmed salmon is one of the most toxic proteins widely sold.
Minister Ambrose, farmed salmon in BC is 98% Norwegian-owned. If Norwegian doctors are warning people to reduce consumption of Norwegian farmed salmon because these toxins are linked to autism, nervous system disorders, reduced brain size and more, shouldn't Canadians and trade partners be warned? We have the same companies here.
I hope you will answer these questions as they are issues of food security, ecological urgency, the economy of BC (wild salmon bring more than $1.5 billion into BC) and international trade relations. It is very important that we can trust government in these increasingly uncertain times.
1 - Did the CFIA retest BC farmed salmon from the Kibenge lab for ISA virus or not, which story is the truth?
2 - Should Canadians and trade partners be warned about toxins in BC farm salmon, or does the industry only sell high toxin-level product at home to Norwegians?
Farmed salmon sushi in Vancouver, BC with the characteristic white stripes of fat. The fat is where much of the toxins are stored