Meat and milk from cloned animals may not appear in supermarkets for years despite being deemed by the government as safe to eat. But don't be surprised if 'clone-free' labels appear sooner. The FDA gave preliminary approval to meat and milk from cloned animals or their offspring. Federal scientists found virtually no difference between food from clones and food from conventional livestock. If food from clones is indistinguishable, FDA doesn't have to require labels.

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Do you think `clone-free` labels on food are a good idea?
Meat and milk from cloned animals may not appear in supermarkets for years despite being deemed by the government as safe to eat. But don`t be surprised if `clone-free` labels appear sooner. The FDA gave preliminary approval to meat and milk from cloned animals or their offspring. Federal scientists found virtually no difference between food from clones and food from conventional livestock. If food from clones is indistinguishable, FDA doesn`t have to require labels.

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15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/3/07 - 10:56:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, they are. That way a person knows what they're getting.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/3/07 - 10:57:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
Definately! I already like the mandatory labeling indicating whether food has any Genetically Modified ingrediants and I want to continue to have a say in what goes into the food I eat. If someone else wants to eat cloned animals that's fine with me but I don't and I think I should have that choice.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/4/07 - 2:03:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
Let's just not use animal products at all!
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/5/07 - 3:45:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
I would eat a cloned cow. But some people are weird about that kind of sh*t so yeah.
15 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 3/8/07 - 2:23:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
huh??? why!? i'd eat cloned food.... why bother
15 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 3/8/07 - 2:31:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
are they going to start putting "synthesized hormone" labels on there? honestly, thats a far more pressing concern right now, because studies has implicated BGH and other such chemicals in a variety of ilnesses.

eating cloned animals wont hurt you any more than eating their non-cloned predecessors. why would it? eating their drug-and-hormone filled relatives will, so why not make a stink about that?

15 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 3/8/07 - 2:33:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
Eating any animal corpse is just plain unhealthy, but yeah, cloned is worse... I think.
15 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 3/8/07 - 3:14:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 3/8/2007 2:33:47 PM mudgopher wrote:
Eating any animal corpse is just plain unhealthy, but yeah, cloned is worse... I think.

why would it be any worse?

15 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 3/8/07 - 9:38:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 1/3/2007 10:57:03 AM onyxnitetalo wrote:
Definately! I already like the mandatory labeling indicating whether food has any Genetically Modified ingrediants and I want to continue to have a say in what goes into the food I eat. If someone else wants to eat cloned animals that's fine with me but I don't and I think I should have that choice.

I wish, I WISH, we had mandated labeling here that indicated if food has GMOs. The only way to be sure here is to eat organic. (They were going to allow GMOs in organic food, but there was such a cry of rage from the organic comunity that they backed down and do not allow GMOs to be labled as organic.)

They should be required to lable both GMO and cloned food.

15 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 3/8/07 - 9:40:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
I dont think clone free labelling is necessary, perhaps foods that have used cloning should indicate that on their labels.
15 yrs ago - Monday 5/14/07 - 2:28:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes because some people will want to know.
14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 11/22/07 - 2:14:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, people have the right to know what they are eating.
14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 11/22/07 - 2:25:33 AM EST (GMT-5)
...Why does it MATTER? If you eat beef, you're eating cow. A cloned animal is genetically identical to a normal animal. There's no difference between the two. Literally. If anything, cloned meat would be healthier than "natural" meat--only the healthiest cows would be cloned, insuring a steady supply of healthy meat.

It's the same for genetically modified foods as well. They're modified to be made healthier and heartier--more resistant to diseases that could cause harm to humans if eaten, more resistant to drought to insure a steady supply, etc.

Just because our ancestors had to deal with things like sickness and drought ruining their food supplies doesn't mean we should have to endure the same. If we have the means to increase the amount and safety of our own food supply, we should do so, without question.

14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 11/24/07 - 3:15:28 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 11/22/2007 2:25:33 AM Yaezakura wrote:
...Why does it MATTER?

It matters because I should have the choice to eat or not to eat. Whether or not the difference is important or even 'real'. Something I can't have unless the food is labeled.

I have a right to know if the apple I'm buying is a Pippin or a Granny Smith and to chose the one I want to eat.

I have a right to know if the milk I'm buying is from a cloned animal or not, and to chose which I'd rather drink.

14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 11/24/07 - 6:04:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
Okay. I'll grant you you should have the right to know what kind food you're eating. You should most definitely have the right to know if you are, say, drinking cow's milk or goat's milk. There's a difference in the genetic makeup between the two substances.

But let's look at this scenario: Drinking milk from either Cow A or Cow B.

Cow A was born naturally.

Cow B is a genetic clone of Cow A.

These two cows grow up in the same environment, eat the same diet, are exposed (and protected against) the same diseases. They produce the exact same milk. You could put the two different milk samples into an atom smasher and find that they are, quite literally, identical all the way to the sub-atomic level.

That being the case, it only seems silly to discriminate between the two milks. They offer the exact same nutritional value, health benefits, and potential health risks.

14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 11/24/07 - 6:14:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
Why oh why would you clone an animal for this purpose?

It's got to be more expensive than the old fashined way of making new cows.

14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 11/24/07 - 12:14:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 11/22/2007 2:25:33 AM Yaezakura wrote:
...Why does it MATTER?

If it doesn't matter, what's your problem with labeling it?
14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 11/24/07 - 2:29:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 11/24/2007 6:04:22 AM Yaezakura wrote:
But let's look at this scenario: Drinking milk from either Cow A or Cow B. Cow A was born naturally. Cow B is a genetic clone of Cow A. These two cows grow up in the same environment, eat the same diet, are exposed (and protected against) the same diseases. They produce the exact same milk. You could put the two different milk samples into an atom smasher and find that they are, quite literally, identical all the way to the sub-atomic level. That being the case, it only seems silly to discriminate between the two milks. They offer the exact same nutritional value, health benefits, and potential health risks.

And most people won't care and I'll be part of a crazy fringe minority that prefers to drink milk from uncloned cows. From milk bottles that are clearly labeled if the milk is from cloned or uncloned cows.

I can live with being part of a crazy fringe minority.

14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 11/24/07 - 2:43:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
I remember when milk was labeled as 'Contains no BGH' (Bolvine Growth Hormone) or 'Contains no rBST' (recombinant Bovine Somatotropin.

...Monsanto sued ... over their use of a label which read: "Our Farmers' Pledge: No Artificial Growth Hormone."

Beginning January 1, 2008, the U.S. state of Pennsylvania will ban so-called "absence labeling", which includes milk labeled "rBGH/rBST-free."

Demand for organic milk (produced without the use of synthetic hormones) in the US has increased 500% since Monsanto introduced their rbST product; organic milk is the fastest growing sector of the organic food market.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bgh

Now, explain to me why meat, milk, and other producers shouldn't even be able to label their products as being free from clones, artificial growth hormones, etc. if their customers want that information.

14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 11/24/07 - 2:58:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't see why you would put cloning in the same context as growth hormones.

I wouldn't drink milk or eat meat laced with artificial growth hormones either. But I have no problem with genetic engineering or cloning.

14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 11/24/07 - 3:01:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
^^^ And they're not the same.

I'm just saying they should be labeled and I should have a choice.

Even if my choice makes no difference at all, even if I'm being foolish and extreme, I should still have that choice.

14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 11/24/07 - 3:04:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
Sure, if it's a factual truth, then producers should be able to say it on the packaging. I don't see how anyone could disagree with that.



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