What’s for Dinner? Cloned Meat

Sep 16, 2002

Look for milk and meat from cloned livestock on grocery shelves by next year,
says The Washington Post.

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) recently issued a report that supported
using cloned adult animals as a regular element of the nation’s agricultural
production process.

A member of the NAS panel that made recommendations on the use of cloned cows
and pigs, Eric Hallerman, biologist at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
University said, “I think our message was fairly loud and clear. The concern
about food safety, we thought, was just way overblown.”

According to the Post piece, clone cows are already producing milk on farms
in the United States. Farmers and dairy companies and meat processors have not
begun selling product from cloned animals at the request of the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA).

Moderator’s Comment: Will consumers accept milk and
meat from cloned animals?

Look for a consumer group movement to require labeling
of product from cloned animals, should the FDA approve its use. The fight over
this will make the bST debate look like playtime. [George
Anderson – Moderator

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