Things You Should Know About

by Lesley on January 19, 2008 · 1 comment

in food

Part of the reason I love to blog is that I like sharing information with people–my feelings, frustrations, hopes, thoughts, etc. When I find interesting news tidbits or stories that I think others might want to know, I come here to blast them to the world.

Have you read about the report issued this week by the FDA? They’ve announced that food from cloned animals is safe for people to eat. The information below is from Kevin Coupe’s Morning News Beat, a retail news site that I visit daily for work. I think it’s very important to be aware of where our food is coming from. There has been a lot of debate this week about cloned meat and milk, and I’ll just say that I’m one who doesn’t feel comfortable with the FDA’s announcement. The worst part? The food won’t be labeled! (To read the full article, click here.)

“The move, according to the New York Times, clears the way “for milk and meat derived from genetic copies of prized dairy cows, steers and hogs to be sold at the grocery store. The decision was hailed by cloning companies and some farmers, who have been pushing for government approval in hopes of turning cloning into a routine agricultural tool.

The F.D.A. said meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring would not be labeled because it was the same as conventional food and did not pose a safety risk.”Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has asked US farmers to keep products from cloned animals off the market indefinitely, to give consumers time to understand and accept what the technological advance means, not to mention giving the government time to work with global trading partners to reassure them.

However, it may be too late. As the Post reports, “even as the two agencies sought a unified message — that food from clones is safe for people but perhaps dangerous to U.S. markets and trade relations — evidence surfaced suggesting that Americans and others are probably already eating meat from the offspring of clones. “Executives from the nation’s major cattle cloning companies conceded yesterday that they have not been able to keep track of how many offspring of clones have entered the food supply, despite a years-old request by the FDA to keep them off the market pending completion of the agency’s safety report.

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The thing I do not understand is how this cloning is a wise financial endeavor. Aside from me thinking 1) it is wrong and 2) it will cause all sorts of problems for everyone who eats it...if not short term, definitely long term, I am having trouble seeing how cloning the special "big boned cows" (through expensive procedures) is better than letting the cattle court each other the old fashioned way. Granted, cattle mating is not pretty but it is the way it is meant to be!