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Genetically Altered Animals as Food?

The government has decided to consider farmers' proposals to sell genetically altered animals as food. Although genetically engineered food is not a new concept (the process is used in agriculture to produce more crops), this is the first time that the FDA has contemplated applying the process to animals. The animals' genes would be manipulated to bring out or change certain characteristics. Faster growing fish, featherless chicken, and mad-cow-resistant cattle are examples of the types of changes that can be made.

The development is incredibly interesting and somewhat disturbing. The FDA will not always require the genetically modified food to be labeled, so consumers may not know if they are eating pork from a reduced-waste producing pig or fish that has grown in 18 months instead of three years.

What do you think of the news? Would you want to eat genetically adapted animals?

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KristyJo KristyJo 7 years
I find it disgusting how bad people want to make a fast buck. I mean were making chickens without feathers? The human race has screwed up so many things already now they want us to eat creepy altered animals!
gmofree gmofree 8 years
I would never eat it, ever!!!! I read that GM altered DNA organisms can live in our stomachs long after we eat it, creating new and incurable diseases.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
dont they get cold and sunburned? I dont have a problem eating genetically altered meat or GAM for short, as long as its been tested on thoroughly by the FDA to be safe, in the long run as well as in the present. Maybe they can alter them to have gravy for blood.
fisheewishy fisheewishy 9 years
creepy
Muirnea Muirnea 9 years
Umm, just saying, that picture is very disturbing!! I think that if we are having such big problems feeding the world, we might need to rethink how we live rather than changing animals to accommodate the growing human population. So no, they shouldn't do this. But if they did start doing it, the animals shouldn't be altered so that they can't happily live on their own without human help. And they should absolutely be required to tell people on the label!!!!!
Jyramiah Jyramiah 9 years
Nooooo! Leave my chickens alone!
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 9 years
Really gross and lacking in nurturance, have and will remain avoiding like the plague!
ms-jamerz ms-jamerz 9 years
Reading things like this and others like it just makes me not want to eat meat in general. It's disgusting the way animals are treated when they're "growing up" in a food plant or on a farm. Truly and utterly disgusting.
kmckay kmckay 9 years
and it stories like this that make it easier to defend my vegan lifestyle. seriously...this is some messed up stuff
Ladytron7000 Ladytron7000 9 years
I'm not against genetically engineered food per se, but I think I'm going to stay away from meat that doesn't advertise itself as non-genetically modified until the research pans out. I already make my own veggie burgers. TVP replaces ground meat perfectly. Plus, it'll force me to pack a lunch, thus saving money and calories.
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
That picture really makes me want to be a vegetarian. Very very sad.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
I would surely consider becoming a vegetarian...
nylorac nylorac 9 years
please tell me that picture has been photoshopped!
Red-Sharpie Red-Sharpie 9 years
Ew, not thanks. I'll stick to organic, especially if this goes through (which doesn't allow GM foods).
BridgetJones BridgetJones 9 years
This picture is HORRIFYING. In re: to the fast-growing fish - does this remind anyone else of this week's episode of Fringe? Run screaming! ;)
Dana18 Dana18 9 years
this has been going on for years now. I have been reading about this since the 90's. It is very freaky. What is they mix thing together that people are allergic to. Te could get sick or die.
verily verily 9 years
It really disturbs me to see those featherless chickens. I need to make more of an effort to get my meat from the farmer's market. The farmers and ranchers seem to sell their meat at about the same price as the grocery stores anyway.
fireyelectra fireyelectra 9 years
Soniabonya, check out California's Organic Farms directory: http://www.ccof.org/directories.php I don't eat meat, but if I did, I certainly wouldn't eat that meat. I believe genetic engineering can be used for better things than harming animals.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
those poor things! the picture disturbs me. i don't like the idea of genetically engineered animals. we don't know what kind of chemicals/dna switches etc (i'm not a scientist people lol) that they'll be doing to the animals and more than likely they won't tell us. we don't know how humans will react once some of the food is digested and in our systems. . . i am so close to buying meats from local organic farms that don't engineer their animals. Anyone know where to find a list for CA?
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