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FDA Is Set To Approve Milk, Meat From Clones

 
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FDA Is Set To Approve Milk, Meat From Clones
Frankenfood!

By Rick Weiss
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 17, 2006; A01



Three years after the Food and Drug Administration first hinted that it might permit the sale of milk and meat from cloned animals, prompting public reactions that ranged from curiosity to disgust, the agency is poised to endorse marketing of the mass-produced animals for public consumption.

The decision, expected by the end of this year, is based largely on new data indicating that milk and meat from cloned livestock and their offspring pose no unique risks to consumers.

"Our evaluation is that the food from cloned animals is as safe as the food we eat every day," said Stephen F. Sundlof, the FDA's chief of veterinary medicine, who has overseen the long-stalled risk assessment.

Farmers and companies that have been growing cloned barnyard animals from single cells in anticipation of a lucrative market say cloning will bring consumers a level of consistency and quality impossible to attain with conventional breeding, making perfectly marbled beef and reliably lean and tasty pork the norm on grocery shelves.

But groups opposed to the new technology, including a coalition of powerful food companies concerned that the public will reject Dolly-the-Lamb chops and clonal cream in their coffee, have not given up.

On Thursday, advocacy groups filed a petition asking the FDA to regulate cloned farm animals one type at a time, much as it regulates new drugs, a change that would drastically slow marketing approval. Some are also questioning the ethics of a technology that, while more efficient than it used to be, still poses risks for pregnant animals and their newborns.

"The government talks about being science-based, and that's great, but I think there is another pillar here: the question of whether we really want to do this," said Carol Tucker Foreman, director of food policy at the Consumer Federation of America.

That there is a debate at all about integrating clones into the food supply is evidence of the remarkable progress made since the 1996 birth of Dolly, the world's first mammalian clone, created from an udder cell of an anonymous ewe.

Scientists have now applied the technique successfully to cattle, horses, pigs, goats and other mammals. Each clone is a genetic replica of the animal that donated the cell from which it was grown.

Cloning could solve a number of long-standing farm problems. Many prize males are not recognized as such until long after they have been tamed by castration. With cloning, that lack of semen would not matter. Cloning also allows farmers to make many copies of exceptional milk producers; with natural breeding, cows have only one offspring per year, and half are males.

In the eyes of many in agriculture, cloning is simply the latest in a string of advances such as artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization that have given farmers better control over animal reproduction.




Like it or not, Walton and others said, the clones are out of the barn.
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Yea, that is just sick. They are also pushing through new bills that will allow the labels to be changed to include "organic" items that are really chemicals.

misleading the public again. .
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Clones are nothing more than identical twins.
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Yea, that is just sick. They are also pushing through new bills that will allow the labels to be changed to include "organic" items that are really chemicals.

misleading the public again. .
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Fuckin idiot.
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Fuckin idiot.
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Wow, thank you for that meaningful response. Anyone have a clue what he is talking about?
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The FDA can't even keep conventional meats and produce safe. How is this going to make it better?

This just opens the door to more Monsanto doom.
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Well I've heard it said that a clone looses a little something each time it's copied.
So I quess that'll give us another choice at the mild counter. You'll have whole milk, lowfat milk, 2%milk, and milk once removed.
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Well I've heard it said that a clone looses a little something each time it's copied.
So I quess that'll give us another choice at the mild counter. You'll have whole milk, lowfat milk, 2%milk, and milk once removed.
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LOL.
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Clones are nothing more than identical twins.
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No they aren't! And they don't live as long, either.
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Cloned Animals Suffer Death, Deformities According to Leading Journal Articles

August 13, 2002

WASHINGTON - The latest edition of the journal Cloning and Stem Cells documents deaths and deformities suffered by cloned pigs at the University of Missouri and Texas A&M.

The University of Missouri study, entitled "Phenotyping of Transgenic Cloned Pigs," cites "a high mortality rate among cloned piglets." Out of 10 born, five died or were destroyed by researchers due to defects such as heart failure, lameness, and anemia. The Texas A&M study, entitled "A Highly Efficient Method for Porcine Cloning by Nuclear Transfer Using In Vitro - Matured Oocytes," documents a 94% failure rate. Out of the 511 manipulated oocytes transferred, only 28 pigs came to term, one of which was still born. Additionally, "another of the 28 piglets was born lacking an anus and tail," a fatal condition called anal atresia. The study suggest that the deformity may have been introduced through the cloning process: "Was the genetic (or epigenetic) defect that led to the anal atresia introduced during the culture of the donor cell, or was it due to inappropriate nuclear reprogramming?"

"Deaths and deformities in cloned animals are the norm, not the exception, and these studies make plain once again that these creatures are suffering terribly in the process," said Wayne Pacelle, Senior Vice President of The Humane Society of the United States."

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If you could clone yourself for a slave would you? How about for body parts?
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the FDA is one of if not THEE most corrupt disgusting institutions on the face of the Earth and in the UNIVERSE
ALWAYS pandering to the interests of Big corporations and their agendas and consistently SACRIFICING HUMAN HEALTH AND WELL BEING !!!


They are vile vile vile and should be totally dismantled

any good purpose they once served has been long dead and buried.

Vile puppets of perversion they are.
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