How safe is cloned food?
The U.S. government ruled recently that meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring is as safe as other food, but pressed firms that produce clones to “hold off” on bringing them into the food supply.
“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,” the Food and Drug Administration reported.
The FDA said it did not have enough information to make an assertion about cloned sheep. Cloning is cloning and it doesn’t matter which mammal you clone. There is no difference between the cloner and the clonee. The clonee is identical.
People tend to confuse cloning and genetically modified organisms. It is not the same as GMO technology, which involves inserting a new gene into a plant to add a characteristic, such as draught resistance. Again, as in the cloning, you can’t tell the difference between the GMO plant and the non-GMO plant. But, the GMO-modified plant may survive a draught, while the other one probably won’t. Cloning and GMO are at the forefront of “sustainable” agriculture. Don’t let the greenie press and politically oriented universities frighten you. Even the Food and Drug Administration is on the right side on this one.
The core principle is easy to understand, revolutionary, and has no downside for humanity. It will provide mankind with top-quality food by replicating prized animals that can breed highly productive offspring.
The cloned animals are very expensive to produce, so it would be unrealistic to use them as food. It’s the offspring of cloned animals-not the costly clones themselves-that will go to the market. The quality of meat that we’ll get from cloned animals will eliminate the use of growth hormone, which is unpopular, unhealthy, and untrusted by the public, to say the least.
Others believe that “more investigation is needed” before anyone can come to the conclusion that cloning is safe.
This mantra of “more investigation is needed” is always the modern Luddites’ method to delay scientifically proved, and reproved, and proved again, food technologies such as GMO foods and cloning. Why could anyone be opposed to improving the health and vigor of our farm animals? The starving world needs nutritious food. Cloning and GMO are the future.
Tyson Foods Inc, the largest U.S. meat producer, said on Tuesday it “has no immediate plans to buy cloned livestock.” Tyson Foods didn’t just fall off the turnip truck yesterday. They will go cloning with their chickens when the opportunity is right. The science is there. Just like GMO science, it cannot be halted, no matter how many Greenpeace boneheads demonstrate or gesticulate, ululate, speechify, and burn crops or kill animals (“for their own good”).
My optimistic summary on cloning: It is a great leap forward in the improving the quality of the world’s animal food. Last week, the European Food Safety Authority made an interim ruling about food from cloned animals and their offspring, saying it was unlikely there was any difference from food derived from traditionally bred animals. So with GMO foods in plants and cloning in animal food, the future is bright for the starving world-if the enviro-fanatics and self-serving governments don’t stop it.