Biotech’s latest way of fooling with our food: fake fish oil

Taking omega-3 supplements could be one of the best things you can do to protect your heart.

And some new research has found that these essential fatty acids can even nip rheumatoid arthritis in the bud!

But because they just can’t leave all that’s well and good alone, some big biotech companies have been experimenting over the last few years with how to make and process omega-3 fatty acids… from a special kind of Franken-flower.

It’s a type of canola plant that has been modified to produce omega-3s such as those that are only naturally found in oily fish. And it’s yet another giant leap into the unknown with these genetically-modified molecules.

What this means is that soon you’ll have to carefully check omega-3 supplement labels to make sure they actually come from fish oil — but that’s not all.

There’s another big surprise here that may shock anyone who enjoys fish for dinner.

A very fishy plan

Industrial giant Cargill is known for producing things such as high fructose corn syrup from genetically-modified corn. Now, it’s going into the “fish oil” business… without even getting its toes wet.

The company teamed up with chemical giant BASF to plant around a half million acres of GMO canola in the Montana prairie lands so they can eventually extract the omega-3 fatty acids that have been “bred” into the seeds that come from the bright yellow flowers.

As you might have guessed, this biotech “fish” oil experiment has been going on for some time — first in the UK, and now moving into the production stage in the U.S.

But you may not believe how it got started in the first place — with actual FISH!

You see, fish need omega-3s, too. While they usually get their essential fatty acids in the “wild” by eating other fish (that age-old food-chain concept that’s been going on for millions of years), farmed varieties are basically fed junk food (meaning lots of GMO corn and soy), so their diets need to be fortified with omega-3s.

As we’ve told you over the years, farmed fish is not a healthy choice for these, and a lot of other reasons (including the antibiotics they’re doused with). But this new tidbit will hopefully be the final straw to keep it off your dinner plate for good!

Aquafarmers had been using actual fish oil to try and spike their diets (although farmed salmon, for example, is still way below par in delivering omega-3s, compared to wild varieties), but to do so, they’ve basically been stripping the oceans clean of wild fish to get the nutrients needed to pump into the farmed ones.

So enter the biotech industry with its Franken-canola!

But this “solution” comes with a whole other set of problems — not the least of which being that these fake fish oils come with the same unknowns as all GMO foods do. We don’t know the health effects of eating them, and we certainly don’t know what they can do to the fish we eat, once those fish are fed this phony fish oil.

Experts are saying that there are “still big questions to answer, and we still don’t know the risks.”

But guess what? We’re probably never going to know the risks. The biotech industry is famous for keeping secrets and hiding bad news about its laboratory creations.

So here’s what you have to do:

1: Make sure any fish you buy is the real deal and not farmed. If you’re shopping at a fish market, ask. They should definitely be able to tell you. And if they won’t, find another place to shop. As for pre-packaged fish in the supermarket, it must say right on the label whether it’s farmed or not.

2: When buying omega-3 supplements, read the label to make sure that it comes from fish and not some sci-fi flower designed to produce fish oil. Also, just “fish oil” won’t be enough — what you’re looking for are high levels of the omega-3s DHA and EPA.

And while you’re at it, stay away from all other types of canola, such as cooking oils, as well. It’s practically 100 percent GMO and not a healthy oil to use.

“Grain traders prepping fish oil substitutes for aquaculture, health fads” Rod Nickel, February 28, 2017, Reuters, reuters.com