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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 Hoser McMoose on 1/2/2007 5:23:01 PM , Rating: 2
The point to Monsanto and it's Roundup plants are plants that are resistant to Roundup herbicide, so you can use more of it on the crops.

The idea behind Roundup Ready crops is to use LESS herbicide, not more. With traditional crops farmers tend to spray all kinds of different herbicides in a variety of concentrations to attack all the different types of weeds they might encounter. With RR crops they spray ONLY Roundup which kills all the plants EXCEPT Roundup Ready ones.

As a bit of a side note: organic farming requires even more herbicide spraying. Because organic herbicides tend to be much less effective than their inorganic counterparts, organic farmers usually need to spray a lot more herbicide.

Of course, to be fair, quantity is only one part of the story here. Most people would rather a crop sprayed with a comparatively large quantity of acetic acid (ie high-concentration vinegar, an organic herbicide) vs. a smaller quantity of paraquat (a common herbicide known to be very toxic in medium to high concentrations, though considered safe for spraying).

RE: wrong development
By number999 on 1/3/2007 1:51:53 PM , Rating: 2
Roundup Ready crops is to use LESS herbicide
If that was the point, you wouldn't have to genetically engineer the crop to be resistant to the herbicide. You are using quantites that would normally kill it and killing everything else. Logically to me that seems to be using more, not less.

This site maybe a little left but...

RE: wrong development
By masher2 on 1/3/2007 5:24:36 PM , Rating: 3
> "If that was the point, you wouldn't have to genetically engineer the crop to be resistant to the herbicide"

Err, you don't understand at all. Round-Up kills everything...its never used on normal crops. If you're not using RR-engineered seed, you spray some other herbicide. Several of them in fact, in large quantities. With RR-crops, you replace all that spraying with one, much smaller dose, that kills all vegetation, save those specifically engineered to resist it.

RE: wrong development
By number999 on 1/26/2007 7:43:23 PM , Rating: 2
Round-Up kills everything

Roundup was created in the 70's way before genetically modified resistant crops came up (RR soy 95/96) and was used on crops in lower concentrations. My initial response is to the increase of Roundup/Glyphosate.

With RR-crops, you replace all that spraying with one, much smaller dose..
You wish. That would be ideal and it's what Monsanto tries to sell but it isn't the case. Herbicide use has actually increased especially with the evolution of herbicide resistant weeds, like pigweed, maretail and ryegrass . While spraying, people have been selecting weeds and helping nature breed roundup resistant weeds leading to ever increasing amounts of herbicide use and/or reversion to more complicated herbicide regimes....weeds survived a dosage of glyphosate almost 10 times the recommended rate (6lb per acre as opposed to 0.75lb).
Roundup Ready soya growers in Argentina were using more than twice as much herbicide as conventional soya farmers, largely because of unexpected problems with tolerant weeds..Because so much herbicide is being used, soil bacteria are declining and the soil is becoming inert,

As for genetic engineering being a panacea...
which attributes some of the decline of production (2003) to the overuse of roundup ready genetically engineered soy and talks about some of it's inherit weaknesses.
Gives USDA compiled figures for periods before,at, and after the introduction of Roundup resistant soy.

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