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28th Legislature(2013-2014)

Bill Text 28th Legislature

00                  CS FOR HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 5(FSH)                                                               
01 Opposing the United States Food and Drug Administration's preliminary finding                                           
02 relating to genetically engineered salmon; urging further examination of genetically                                    
03 engineered salmon; opposing AquaBounty's petition to produce genetically engineered                                     
04 salmon; and proposing, if AquaBounty's petition is approved, that its product should be                                 
05 labeled as "genetically modified."                                                                                      
06 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                               
07       WHEREAS the United States Food and Drug Administration recently announced the                                   
08 release of a draft environmental assessment and preliminary finding of no significant impact                            
09 concerning genetically engineered AquaBounty AquAdvantage salmon; and                                                   
10       WHEREAS the state has bountiful fisheries that provide wild, natural, and sustainable                           
11 seafood; and                                                                                                            
12       WHEREAS Alaska seafood is naturally high in essential vitamins, including vitamins                              
13 E, C, D, and A, and minerals, including zinc, iron, calcium, and selenium; and                                          
14       WHEREAS fish habitat in the state is cleaner than fish habitat in other locations; and                          
15       WHEREAS fisheries are a vital component of the state's economy; and                                             
01       WHEREAS the state's fisheries are managed to ensure that Alaska seafood continues                               
02 to be the finest in the world for future generations; and                                                               
03       WHEREAS, in 2009, 95 percent of pacific salmon landings in the United States                                    
04 occurred in the state; and                                                                                              
05       WHEREAS, in 2012, 124,000,000 salmon were harvested in the state, for a value of                                
06 $505,000,000; and                                                                                                       
07       WHEREAS Alaska ports consistently rank among the top ports in the United States                                 
08 based on volume and ex-vessel value for various fisheries including salmon; and                                         
09       WHEREAS the state's fishing industry provides over 70,000 jobs annually and is the                              
10 second largest source of private sector employment in the state; and                                                    
11       WHEREAS the United States Food and Drug Administration is accepting comments                                    
12 on the proposal to allow, for the first time, a genetically modified organism to be sold for                            
13 human consumption; and                                                                                                  
14       WHEREAS the inevitable accidental release of transgenic fish into the wild could                                
15 devastate native fish populations and ecosystems; and                                                                   
16       WHEREAS citizens and public interest groups overwhelmingly oppose genetically                                   
17 engineered food and have submitted over 400,000 public comments opposing genetically                                    
18 engineered salmon; and                                                                                                  
19       WHEREAS the United States Food and Drug Administration has not conducted                                        
20 adequate testing to determine the long-term safety of consuming genetically engineered                                  
21 salmon; and                                                                                                             
22       WHEREAS the sale of genetically engineered salmon could imperil the state's fishing                             
23 industry; and                                                                                                           
24       WHEREAS seven members of the United States Senate continue to have concerns                                     
25 about AquaBounty's proposal and the United States Food and Drug Administration's review                                 
26 of the proposal; and                                                                                                    
27       WHEREAS the United States Food and Drug Administration's review applies only to                                 
28 a limited set of production and rearing facilities and fails to consider the broader applications                       
29 of this technology that would assuredly occur should final approval be granted;                                         
30       BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the United States Food                                   
31 and Drug Administration not to make a final decision regarding genetically engineered                                   
01 salmon until the United States Congress has fully examined the issue and the potential release                          
02 of genetically engineered fish into the waters of the United States; and be it                                          
03       FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature opposes AquaBounty's                                         
04 petition to produce AquAdvantage Salmon, a genetically engineered salmon; and be it                                     
05       FURTHER RESOLVED that, if the petition is approved by the United States Food                                    
06 and Drug Administration, despite strong environmental and human health concerns, product                                
07 labeling requirements must include, as required by Alaska law, the words "Genetically                                   
08 Modified" prominently displayed on the front of the product's packaging.                                                
09       COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of                             
10 the United States; the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice-President of the United States and                          
11 President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of                                     
12 Agriculture; the Honorable Margaret Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs; and                                  
13 the Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the Honorable Mark Begich, U.S. Senators, and the                                      
14 Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.                                 
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