Nasty, nasty, nasty. Now, I'm not sure about you but immediately before even hearing any evidence or research I was objecting to this. I guess a true scientist would want to look more into the statistics before objecting but... I'm not a "true scientist". I'm an average citizen that thinks this would be disgusting! Anyways, let's get to the facts.
- "Food from healthy clones of cattle, swine and goats is as safe as food from non-cloned animals." - FDA. They also go on to say:
- "Extensive evaluation of the available data has not identified any subtle hazards that might indicate food-consumption risks in healthy clones of cattle, swine, or goats" in their 968 page 'final risk assessment'.
- "Thus, edible products from healthy clones that meet existing requirements for meat and milk in commerce pose no increased food consumption risk(s) relative to comparable products from sexually-derived animals."
- "But the FDA said it needs more information to determine the safety of meat and milk from cloned sheep. The FDA also concluded that food from newborn cattle clones "may pose some very limited human food consumption risk."
Though I'm angry stuff like this doesn't make it into the news - don't worry. You and I aren't the only ones who know. The FDA has received an estimated 30,500 complaints about the matter as of January, 2008. About half of those have been about something sure to enrage you - the lack of labeling. If and when this cloned meat hits American markets, the FDA says that it will NOT, yes you read that right, NOT require cloned products to be labeled separately from from authentic ones. I don't know about you but I cherish the right to know what's in my food. That's something I would fight for. Dr. Stephen Sundlof, director of the agency's Center of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, says "there's really nothing for us to label." I'll allow that one to sink in.
- Look at this though: it looks as though a few people in the Senate do have somewhat of a functional brain. "In December of 2007, the Senate passed a measure intended to bar the FDA from approving the products until further study was conducted. The legislation, part of the Senate's $286 billion farm bill, also required the Agriculture Department to examine consumer acceptance of cloned meats."
- "The FDA has acted recklessly and I am profoundly disappointed in their rush to approve cloned foods," Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland, said in a written statement. I can't say I disagree.
"Just because something was created in a lab doesn't mean we should have to eat it. If we discover a problem with cloned food after it is in our food supply and it's not labeled, the FDA won't be able to recall it like they did Vioxx -- the food will already be tainted." - Senator Barbara Mikulski. Vioxx, a painkiller, was withdrawn from the market in 2004 after it was linked to a heightened risk of heart attack and stroke.
And if those two videos aren't bad enough for you, here is one written to the Obama administration detailing the FDA's lies, falsified studies and discouragement of other studies. Whether these studies are being done by incompetence at this point is no question - it's clearly something they are knowledgeable of and are choosing to do. If they were merely incompetent, why would they want to squander talk of the subject? Discourage REAL independent studies of the topic? Use 'intimidation' techniques? This only gets more and more obvious.
Here is a statement from Margaret Mellon, Director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists: “Animal cloning is a controversial technology with few, if any, benefits to consumers. Most cloned animals have severe defects and are more likely to die at an early age than ordinary farm animals. Although successful clones may appear normal, the possibility remains that some may harbor subtle genetic defects that could impair their health or make them unsafe for consumption. The FDA should have required that cloned products be labeled as such and kept them off the market at least until it established a mandatory tracking system to allow retailers to avoid purchasing the products." He also goes on to examine their 968 page 'risk assessment'. You can read the entire article here.
"Surveys show American consumers oppose cloning of animals for food. A 2006 survey by the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology found that 61% of Americans who claim to have heard about cloning are uncomfortable with it."
The worst is yet to come, listen to this. "Most attempted clones are grossly defective and are lost early in development (cloning success rates generally range from zero to 20 percent). Defects among cloned animals include overly large fetuses, placental disorders and inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. Although defects occur at a higher rate among cloned animals than with other assisted reproductive technologies, FDA dismissed animal health concerns because the defects are not unique to cloning." Not creeped out yet? How about this. Some of the animals that will be cloned will already be dead, then 'resurrected', and made to mate with other animals. You can verify that fact here.
When all is said and done, it's the public opinion that matters. Much over half of those aware of the cloning disagree with it and I think that's a pretty good amount. If we sit back and do nothing, how can we expect to see a change?
What Can YOU Do?
- Mail them a letter. They've received over 30,500 of them as of 2008 and applying pressure to them is a good technique. Here is the address. Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002
- Call them and ask about this question. If we all called, imagine what could happen. Each person makes a difference. Tell the person you speak to the information you know and, if it's legal in your state or county, record the call. 1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332)—main FDA Phone Number (for general inquiries)
- Find your local senator and push this matter to them. Your influence may be the difference between another moratorium and a final ban. You can find your local senator here.
Here is a direct link to the FDA contact page with all of the above information.
Sources of information:
CNN 3 Page Report
Union of Concerned Scientists
Union of Concerned Scientists: Cons and Pros
Non-GMO Report (GMO Stands For Genetically Modified Organisms, such as much of our food).
BBC News Report
Daily Mail - This Link Details The Illicit Sale Of Cloned Milk In Britain.