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Do You Care If Your Meat or Milk Comes From Cloned Animals?

This weekend the Washington Post reported that the Food and Drug Administration is close to approving meat and milk from cloned farm animals and offspring. If they approve it, it means that the products made from these animals will start showing up on your store shelves.

Reports from New Zealand and Australia both conclude that the meat and milk from cloned animals are safe. Reports from Canada, Argentina and the EU will reportedly do the same.

If the FDA does approve the sale of cloned animal products, it should be noted that they will not require labels. However before you start panicking, two of the largest US animal cloners, ViaGen and Trans Ova Genetics of Sioux Center, have announced that they will voluntarily segregate their clones from their other livestock. This move could allow some folks to label their products as "clone free."

Oh and I should also note that the USDA will not allow cloned meat to be deemed organic.

So what do you think of this cloned meat business? Are you worried about eating it?


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Booksandk9s Booksandk9s 9 years
I'm not sure of my feelings with the idea of cloning animals, however, I certainly am wary of the idea of eating the products of a cloned animal. If anything, I think they should be required to clearly denote on the packaging if the meat/milk/etc. is from cloned animals or not, so the consumer can make the final decision. Who knows what they might find out about it a decade or so on down the line?
Pheefs Pheefs 9 years
I agree with Nitrobezene - Cloning IS neat!! The meat or milk from a cloned animal will be exactly the same as the original animal. I bet no one would even be able to tell the difference. And cloning could save all of the world's endangered species too! I'm still on the fence when it comes to human cloning though... Ask me again when I'm old. ;)
BimboLicousss BimboLicousss 9 years
I'll deff become vegan. I do not condone the cloning of animals. Just because we have become advanced enough to do things, does not mean we should or its ok to do them! BLAH!
tappet tappet 9 years
what the world is wrong with these people ? i would never drink or eat anything that is cloned
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
I don't have a problem with it, but I don't really understand WHY they'd be doing this. It seems to me that cloning cows would be a very costly process.
sunnycowgirl sunnycowgirl 9 years
I know one bull producer that cloned his top bull, as he couldn't keep up with the demand of straws. So he thought that if he cloned the bull, he would be able to sell more straws of semen. Or I know of another bull producer who cloned his top AI sire since he went sterile and couldn't produce semen. I'm not saying cloning is right, but the reason why they are cloning isn't all for the mass production of milk and meat, there is another market of semen for those that AI their cattle. There's also the club calf market, where the producer produces cattle for shows. Then there is the bull producer, they raise bulls for other cattlemen, sure they pick the top 10% of there calf herd for replacement sires, but a bull with a good EPD will bring anywheres from $50,000. to $5,000. Your club calves will bring anywheres from $80,000. to $5000. I've seen club calf bulls bring anywheres from $250,000 to $150,000. And I've seen herd bulls bring around that much too. The little guys that are producing meat, they usually make a mere $800. on their market cattle.
Dollylo Dollylo 9 years
NO WAY!! I don't even buy organic products so.... ;) I just want to eat some natural things from a place I know and with no drugs or anything on it! ;)
ashopaholic ashopaholic 9 years
If animals are being cloned, I would seriously consider becoming vegan if I coulnt afford organic! First off, we already inject these animals with antibiotics and mass produce them and feed them crap, and now we need to clone them?? i smell lobbyists and interest groups!
rosesandeson rosesandeson 9 years
Seems ok to me... but Iguess I don't know enough about the pros and cons to make an informed decision.
SublimeChica SublimeChica 9 years
I agree with all of the posters who point out that the larger problem at hand is the institution of factory farming. But, I digress. I'd never eat cloned meat not so much because of the fact that it's cloned, but because of the principle. If we're really at the point where we refuse to pay more for humanely treated animals to the point that we're CLONING ANIMALS, we need to reassess our culture here.
ur_momm ur_momm 9 years
and P.S. im against cloning, but im also against eating animals, so maybe that fits right in? and yeah i still think humans suck, the world is falling apart, and people are wasting their time cloning cows to make more money in the meat or dairy industry? why dont we concentrate all that energy into helping people who are starving - homeless - maybe fight global warming? do we really need to clone? or are we only doing it because we can? I havent done any research on cloning so im no expert, if they are trying to somehow save lives, thats one thing but i highly doubt cloning cows is helping the world... anyways, just reason why humans suck :)
MayorMolly MayorMolly 9 years
I think that if you want to then eat it. if not than don't. the cloning companies are putting that on the labels. If they don't sell than they will take them off the shelves. just do what you want. for still not sure what i would do but im not passionate either way.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i'm not sure how i feel about it. i think that ultimately it's a bad idea since cloning is so new - no one really knows what the long term effects will be. it's not a good idea to mess with nature and that's what scientists are doing. thankfully i'm a vegetarian so the meat thing doesn't bug me - and i can't drink milk - so that's ok too. but for most people - i wouldn't want to go that route i think
foxie foxie 9 years
Ditto wackdoodle. The FDA is NOT looking out for us.
PrincessTracy PrincessTracy 9 years
I'm not really sure...I don't think we'll know until people either do or don't have reactions to the cloned animals...unfortunately. organic if you don't wanna be a guinea pig!! :rotfl:
taratootie taratootie 9 years
Thanks Biochemlovely! And Mayara, you make a very good point. I do believe that genetic diversity is important (for the reasons you listed)! There is def more to it than simply saftey to the consumer! I just think its silly that people are all "Ewww, cloned animals arent natural" but are okay with the RIDICULOUS amounts of artificial and genetically modified treatments cows are given daily (ie antibiotics and rBGH)... and this actually does affect the meat and milk! Well, I feel like a tall glass now! Later gals.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
YumSugar you sure opened a can of worms with this one. I think I'll go fry me up a steak.
lil11ro lil11ro 9 years
yes ew its kind of gross. right now i wont buy milk or eggs with hormones. some doctors think this is why cancer is so high in the U.S. and the FDA okays this too
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
I answered other- I would have answered No I don't care however the FDA isn't the most trustworthy of agencies. If JAMA or AMA or WHO or other organizations say its safe than I'm cool with it. Shoot identical twins are clones.
remedios remedios 9 years
I don't really care about the ethics of cloning, but it is a bit creepy. But I'm not the best one to vote here, since I find regular milk, eggs, meat creepy. Cloning would only add to the creep factor, but I avoid that stuff anyway.
shafiii shafiii 9 years
I think it's disgusting. We had a discussion about this during one of my clubs and even though the FDA has approved it, we don't know the long term effects. Cloning is not apart of nature, we should not be eating cloned food or even cloning living organisms in general.
foxie foxie 9 years
It's just so ridiculous that so many people are outraged about cloning when no one batts an eyelash at the blatant, outright, unpatrolled torture of these creatures. You all sure have your priorities straight! @CJane, I'm glad you're trying to do your part, at least. Although, I must say I disagree. I think someday far enough in future, factory farming will be a mortifying mistake in our past, just as slavery is now.
stefsprl stefsprl 9 years
We only drink organic milk, so this is a definite no.
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