Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Cloned food and milk
by Tim Langmaid
Medical News Managing Editor
The FDA says it's safe to eat cloned meat and drink milk from cloned cows. What I find interesting is that no matter what the FDA or any other public or private agency says about edibles from cloned animals, ultimately it will be you, the consumer, who determines the success or failure of cloned food in the marketplace.
The FDA has given the green light to sell offspring of certain cloned animals (since it can cost more than $20,000 to clone an animal, clones will likely be used for breeding purposes only). However, the USDA is still asking farmers not to sell offspring of clones voluntarily so the public, retailers and other countries who buy U.S. meat can get used to the idea of consuming food from clones.
But in about three to five years, meat from cloned cattle, pigs and goats (and a few other animals) and milk from cloned cows could begin showing up in supermarkets. These items will be indistinguishable from traditionally produced meat. The FDA says it'll be safe. Some scientists agree. Other groups, like the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Consumer Federation of America, think more studies on cloned food must be done.
Where do you sit on the cloned food debate? Will you buy food from cloned animals when it becomes available? Why or why not?
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