Tuesday, January 15, 2008

cloning: the next generation?

Thanks to Nikki for sending this link...


To summarize, the FDA has released a 968-page document saying that it finds no risks in consuming meat from cloned cows, pigs or goats or milk from cloned cows and their offspring.

The FDA decided it needed more information to determine the safety of meat and milk from cloned sheep, and also decided food from newborn cattle clones, "may pose some very limited human food consumption risk."

The article goes on to point out though, that because cloned animals are so costly to produce, that it is more likely to be the offspring of the cloned animals (that "may pose some risk") that ends up on our plates.

Questions: What have they found that should make us wary of second-generation immigrants to the sexually reproductive community? And how does it manifest in the next generation after that? Are the cloned animals mated with other cloned animals in these tests, or are we looking at half-caste cows here? And if so, at what point are cloned offspring simply merged back into the mainstream food supply?

According to experts, it will be three to five years before cloned meat starts appearing in your grocer's freezer.

I'm happy to meet you at Lone Star, but I'll be ordering the salad.

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