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Thursday, December 28, 2006

What What Are Are They They Thinking Thinking??


This has been in the works for some time now, but I'm still having trouble wrapping my mind around the fact that this day has finally come. The FDA has seriously upped the level on their Frankenfood tolerance meter, concluding that "milk and meat from some cloned farm animals are safe to eat." (Some in this case=every animal except sheep). Details here and here (same story, different takes) and the full report can be found here. Tell the FDA what you think of their decision here. They are taking comments from the public for the next 90 days.
It's also a bit off-putting to learn that cloned animals are already in America's grocery stores. Money quote:

Donald P. Coover, a veterinarian and rancher in Galesburg, Kan., said products from clones and their offspring have already entered the food supply despite the voluntary moratorium. He said he had sold thousands of straws of semen from cloned bulls to other farmers to use in artificial insemination. “I think it would be incredibly naïve to suggest that all these animals that have been produced are standing around someplace waiting for a green light from the F.D.A.” he said.

posted by CASFS 2006 @ 9:43 PM

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