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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: Cheap
By AxemanFU on 1/2/2007 4:13:55 PM , Rating: 2
Nice places to live, but with dreadfully high real unemployment rates. They're generating increases in the numbers of citizens with low standards of living by making jobs too scarce with regulation and lack of incentive. On a national level, they also benefit economically to the tune of 2-3% of each of their GDP that would have to go to national defense if the United States wasn't so magnanimously providing global ecnonomic stability at it's own expense with vast outlays for defense spending.

Europe can generally sit under the US's defense blanket and spend money that would otherwise be allocated on defense on internal social projects.

Those that like social order and don't mind intrusion on civil liberties by government on an ever increasing basis are quite happy with Europe, but people that value traditional western civil liberties are becoming increasingly wary of the european secular socialism experiment. As debt piles up and there are fewer workers and more mouths to feed, there is going to come a time in Europe where things get considerably uglier, and the massive social net becomes impossible to sustain, much like American medicare and social security. When that day comes, and you have to cut back benefits just to keep the programs economically sound, europe will be a much nastier place to live. It is not a question of if, but when this will take place.

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive

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