FDA Declares Cloned Livestock Safe to Eat
December 30, 2006 3:16 PM
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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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12/31/2006 5:22:24 AM
They are cheaper without the need for cloning, Well at the moment anyway.
As I was Brought up on a farm, Down here on the driest Continent, In the Driest state in the world. (South Australia).
I can assure you that, Farmers really don't go without (If you know what your doing).
Farmers farm "Squares" on there land, And may have 4 of these "Squares" in total, What happens is that every year they may farm 2 Squares, And on the other 2 cattle like sheep or cows are kept, The next year, They swap squares, When they farm the grain, they just cut the heads off, and the stems and stubble and whatnot are left over for the sheep for the following year.
And surprisingly enough, not allot of chemicals or maintenance is required for cattle, You throw them in there, and once every 6 to 12 months they get a pesticide spray on there back. And crops only get 1 lot of spray, If your going to clone the animals, I assume they will be kept in an outdoor area for a period of time, thus they to will need chemicals, making your point moot, And you will still have to feed them, The only way I can see cloning food viable is if they can accelerate the growth of cattle, so they mature allot faster, Thus time from "Harvesting" to your shop will be faster.
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