By Gary Bogue
Monday, January 21st, 2008 at 8:35 am in Cloned animals.
Below are excerpts from two press releases I received on Jan. 15 containing pro and con arguments on the subject of cloned milk and meat.
Please read them and then let me know your own personal thoughts about the subject.
Are cloned meat and milk safe to eat? Or are they not safe for human consumption? Why?
THE COMPETITIVE ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE SAYS THEY’RE SAFE:
The Competitive Enterprise Institute applauds the Food and Drug Administration’s verdict on the safety of food products made from cloned animals. The agency’s long-awaited final risk assessment concluded that milk and meat from cloned animals and their offspring is as safe as foods from animals that have been conventionally bred.
The FDA panel reviewed hundreds of scientific and medical studies, producing an exhaustive 968-page report that found no health or safety risks unique to the cloning process. …
“Since Dolly the sheep became the first successfully cloned animal in 1996, thousands of other healthy sheep, cattle and pigs have been born, but critics still claim the process will create monstrous new hybrids.” said Gregory Conko, Director of Food Safety Policy at CEI. “The scary predictions of anti-technology activists have been shown to be nothing more than science fiction.”
In response to ethical questions regarding the technology, Conko notes that breeders can produce better and safer food by cloning rare animals that produce leaner meat, for example, or that are especially resistant to common livestock diseases.
“The ability to drastically reduce illness among animals and to improve consumer safety arguably makes cloning more, not less humane than traditional breeding,” concluded Conko.
Competitive Enterprise Institute:
CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government. For more information about CEI, see http://www.cei.org
FRIENDS OF THE EARTH SAYS THEY’RE NOT SAFE:
Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lifted a ban on selling meat and dairy products coming from cloned animals.
Tell grocers you aren’t buying it! Tell them you’ll stop shopping at stores that can’t promise not to sell such products.
The FDA has buckled to big biotech and agro-business despite more than 150,000 public comments opposing the lifting of the ban, and amendments to the federal Farm Bill and Omnibus Appropriations Bill calling for more research before lifting the ban.
Genetically speaking, you meat eaters could eat burgers from the same cow for years.
Don’t eat meat? We still think this issue will interest you, given the risks we take by introducing cloned animals into our food system and ecosystem. … there are no labeling requirements either …
The FDA claims that cloned animals and their offspring are safer for us to eat, yet studies used by the FDA are incomplete.
Cloned animals have a much higher rate of genetic abnormalities than sexually reproduced animals. Most cloned animals die immediately after birth because the intricacies of the cloning process are still not well understood. Dolly, the first cloned sheep, died only six years after her birth of premature arthritis and lung disease.
Friends of the Earth:
Founded in San Francisco in 1969 by David Brower, Friends of the Earth is at the forefront of high-profile efforts to create a more healthy, just world. Mission: to defend the environment and champion a healthy and just world. More about Friends of the Earth at http://www.foe.org
So what do you think? Thumbs UP or thumbs DOWN on cloned products?
Click on leave a comment” below and adding your thoughts. Thanks. /gary