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The recent decision by the FDA will only ignite a debate for years to come

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently made a tentative conclusion that meat and milk from some cloned animals is safe for human consumption.  The decision has paved the way for the United States to become the first nation that allows products from cloned animals to be sold in grocery stores. 

After years of numerous delays, the FDA report found that there is not much of a difference in composition of food from cloned animals compared to normal animals.  Even if the FDA's assessment is officially approved in 2007, consumers may not be able to products from cloned animals since the technology remains too costly to be widely used.

The decision on Thursday immediately drew comments from critics from across the nation.  Opponents to cloned food are aiming to throw Congressional pressure to delay the policy before it is finalized.

Consumer groups are gravely concerned over potential health issues that may arise in some of the cloned animals.  Some cloned animals may have weakened immune systems and will need more drugs to stay healthy, according to activists and critics.

Don't be surprised if you begin seeing some sort of "clone-free" labels on meat and dairy products from cloned animals.  Ben & Jerry's ice cream, for example, already mentions that its farmers do not use any sort of bovine growth hormone on its cows.  Many opponents are not necessarily against cloned food, but want to make sure consumers know exactly what they are purchasing.  The FDA found, however, that there is "no science-based reason" for having to label cloned foods.

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RE: wrong development
By number999 on 1/26/2007 8:49:49 PM , Rating: 2
but actual damages were awarded...
...that plants are not patentable in Canada, but said that genes are. Schmeiser, though he had infringed, was not held responsible for monetary damages. He did not have to pay one cent to Monsanto, not in damages and as far as I know, not even the per acre fee that Monsanto charges. If you can actually show anything different then reference it. This is from the Supreme Court ruling and not the lower court ruling.

integrity of Schmeiser and the ability to trust what he says, let me quote from your own link
Oh yes. From Shane Morris, a single blogger who did both quotes. Did you actually download the audio clip? Schmesier was actually a member of parliament as he says. The provincial parliment , which is stated in the Wiki and is the used synonymously as the provincial legislature. If others assume "parliament" is the federal parliament, then their ignorance is their own fault, they don't have the cultural references to understand the speaker and should check up instead of jumping down someone else's throat.

The man does have an axe to grind because he does live in Canada and should have known better but he obviously wanted to take down Schmeiser more than maintain some integrity. I will complain to the Wiki editorial staff about that entry for sure.

As for Shane Morris'integrity. The man is a long standing supporter of GMO's and has himself a controversy when during a study of puplic acceptance of GMO food, labelled one bin as wormy corn and the other as regular sweet corn and then published a report on how accepted GM corn was and how unbiased the labeling was between the 2 bins. A reporter for the Toronto Star uncovered the falsity and his bias.

I perfer my sources not to get funding from those that they comment on. It has a tendency to bias their opinions. He has/had close contacts with the Food Safety Network whose major funding is from big agribusiness.

Although he presents himself as non-partisan, his past affiliations and work shows otherwise.

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