Eat Cloned Animals, FDA Says

According to a soon-to-be released FDA report on cloned animals, the government says it’s safe for you to eat Dolly, Dolly, Dolly and even Dolly. On every single measure of animal healthiness, the FDA analysis of cloned animals found virtually no difference between clones and animals reproduced by normal means.

Right now cloned animals are being used as breeding stock, mainly from the most prime specimens. It will be a long time before cloned meat shows up on the butcher’s counter as they’re too expensive, not to mention, consumer wariness. I say bring on the clones. The possibility for cheaper, better meat? Sounds good to me.

FDA Says Clones Are Safe For Food [Washington Post] (Thanks to Cy!)
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  1. El_Guapo says:

    I can’t help but wonder if the fear over cloned animals is just human nature and stubborn resistance to change.

  2. thebigbluecheez says:

    How is it cheaper to clone animals than to let them breed on their own?

  3. Leiterfluid says:

    Kinda off topic, but one of the funniest lines in Judge Dredd was the robot who said “Eat Recycled Food. It’s good for the environment, and OK for you.”

    And then I came across this:
    [dnr.metrokc.gov]

  4. smitty1123 says:

    As long as they can make a pig that is all bacon, I’m totally for it…

  5. Leiterfluid says:

    @thebigbluecheez: Because you breed an animal that is a high milk producer or is excellent meat, instead of trying to selectively breed and hope for the best. Even if you breed two good animals, there’s a chance they each carry a recessive gene that could cause their offspring to have an undesirable and costly trait.

  6. Bladefist says:

    I am disgusted by this and I fear it could be unhealthy, atleast found unhealthy 10 years from now. If they do this, please mark the meat as cloned meat so I can purchase the normal stuff.

  7. Bladefist says:

    I’ll pay a $1 more per pound to be 100% certain that me and my family won’t get weird side affects way down the road.

  8. Bladefist says:

    Also this just paves more roads for big corporations. Obviously america’s farmers aren’t going to be cloning meat. This could put them out of business.

  9. ThunderSaid says:

    Yeah, please mark it as cloned meat, so you can pay three times as much for non-cloned meat that is identical to the cloned kind. (I’ll be eating the cloned kind, thanks).

  10. Hanke says:

    SEND IN THE CLONE!

  11. forever_knight says:

    like we can trust anything the FDA says. talk about a bunch of agribusiness corporate interest talking heads…

  12. Monkey4Sale says:

    No offesense but a clone is an exact copy of it’s original. Therefor you are eating the exact same animal, no difference. Anything you would get from eating the first animal, you would get from the clone. Despite all of this, support local small farms, the meat is better for you, and is just the biproduct of animals fucking.

  13. Scudder says:

    Genetic diversification assures that species aren’t completely vulnerable to potential viruses or diseases that could affect one or two in a herd. Creating herds of clones raises the possibilty large scale havoc to a species.

  14. Rando says:

    Cloned animals strictly for meat wouldn’t bother me and it can only help prices at the store.

  15. Bye says:

    @Monkey4Sale: I wonder what it is about the cloning process that makes cloned animals die much sooner than regularly-created animals.

    I think unanswered questions like this are just what is making people so uneasy.

  16. SexCpotatoes says:

    Peta should be behind this cloned meat 100%. Because everybody knows that cloned animals don’t have souls, so it’s okay to “murder” them. Plus, hey, they’re “damned tasty:” [www.mentallyincontinent.com]

  17. lincolnparadox says:

    Yikes! Should we start marking people as “in vitro humans,” in case they start acting “weird?” Maybe a little tattoo or something?

    These cloned animals aren’t GMOs. They’re carbon copies. Is the process natural? Heck no. Is the product any different than the original? Yes. Their lifespan will be shorter by about 5 years. Too bad we’re going to eat them long before that becomes an issue.

    I can’t wait until we’re forced to eat single-basic-protein from yeast and bacteria. Let’s see people bitch about vegemite.

  18. KashmirKong says:

    I will never eat cloned meat.

    I already pay more for meat, fruit and vegetables that aren’t crammed with unnatural chemicals that’s giving everyone cancer.

    Enjoy your clones. I’ll stick with all natural food thank you.

  19. Geekybiker says:

    I’m more interested when they can clone the meat without the rest of the cow.

  20. Joewithay says:

    @kashmirkong: umm last time I checked clones uses the same organic molecules as the rest of us.

  21. sleze69 says:

    @scudder: Exactly right. There will probably never be any problems with the meat, milk, etc. produced by cloned animals. But when a virus hits, the breeding line of choice could be devistated. Until then, bring on the $10/lb cloned-Kobe beef.

    The whole anti-clone movement is protesting for the wrong reason.

  22. ancientsociety says:

    This and NAIS will be the death of small farmers and ranchers.

    And those of you claiming that these studies are scientifically factual and 100% accurate have your heads up your asses. This and GMOs have never been independently studied to test their long-term effects on the environment or consumers.

  23. 92BuickLeSabre says:

    @El_Guapo: Mine definitely is.

    I’m waiting a good 25 years to knowingly eat cloned food. Not because I have any scientific reason to distrust it, but just because at a gut level (no pun intended) I distrust it.

    Pretty much just “you try it first” for me.

  24. Falconfire says:

    And I honestly wonder why there are people out there who actually thing the world was made in 7 days… then I see the sheer amount of unfounded scientific bunk being posted as fact here by people who have no clue about cloning and realize most people are media fed idiots.

  25. Even if the clones don’t get killed off by a massive epidemic fed by lack of genetic diversity (shades of Irish Potato Famine), there are other problems with lacking diversity. All “name” apples are genetic clones (that is, every Red Delicious is a clone of every other Red Delicious, accomplished via grafting); as a result, bugs are VERY GOOD at attacking Red Delicious trees, and Red Delicious trees require absurd amounts of pesticides. Apples require the most of any fruit or any edible above-ground crop.

    We could be chucking Bessie full of even MORE absurd amounts of antibiotics, since Bessies 1-10,000 will be helping bacteria evolved who are totally specialized to attack Bessie’s DNA, instead of more generally evolved to attack cows-in-general-who-are-all-slightly-different.

    I’d rather see this tested on a small scale for at LEAST a couple decades before any sort of large-scale use goes into practice. But of course that won’t happen.

    I certainly won’t be eating cloned meat, not so much because cloning is creepy but because I object to it as an agricultural model.

  26. Jaysyn was banned for: http://consumerist.com/5032912/the-subprime-meltdown-will-be-nothing-compared-to-the-prime-meltdown#c7042646 says:

    @randotheking:

    How do you figure? You know clones eat too, right?

    Or are we going to see something straight out of sci-fi eventually? Think a giant continually growing chicken heart that they just cut chunks off when they need food.

    (Yeah, I think that was in one of the Ender’s books)

  27. ancientsociety says:

    If you read the Risk Assessment, you’ll see that the FDA gets ALL of its data from the companies doing the cloning. This is NOT an impartial study.

    Also, the breeding studies only test the first generation of the clone’s progeny. There is no multi-generational testing done to look for subsequent risks to health or genetic defects.

    [www.fda.gov]

  28. johnva says:

    I don’t see how this would be a real problem from the perspective of differences in the meat we eat. However, I do believe there are other grounds to oppose this on. The fact that it would go even further than we already have in reducing genetic diversity amongst farm animals may well not be a good thing for the security of our food supply. It’s also not great in that it would make farmers even more dependent on biotech firms than they already are. But I don’t see why it would be a problem from a safety standpoint.

  29. kellyd says:

    I kinda feel like only God can make a tree, yaknow. I don’t eat a whole lot of processed foods, don’t buy meat for my consumption that has been pumped with drugs or the like, eat organic and grass-fed, etc. whenever possible. I’m certainly not a candidate for something created in a lab, especially given the poor level of oversight in our regulatory agencies these days with the chimp in the White House’s “business can regulate itself” crap. Until the earth has completely stopped making food for us, I don’t think we should be eating experiments.

  30. firefoxx66 says:

    @Eyebrows McGee:

    Seconded! Agreeing also with scudder and sleze69. Cloned meat would be biologically identical to the non-clone animal it came from – so would be just as edible.

    However, the cost of protecting a heard of clones with no genetic diversity would be insane. Better to stick to the old-fashion methods.

    Why don’t we just skip the cloned cows and go straight to culturing cow muscle & fat cells into steaks in a lab? Of course I guess there’s no way you could produce those without artificial hormones/chemicals…

  31. Pasketti says:

    @thebigbluecheez: It’s not, which is why you won’t see a cloned animal at the meat counter anytime soon. What they’ll be doing is cloning breeding stock. A single animal only has a limited reproductive time. But if you clone it, you can use the clones to allow more offspring to be produced in a single timespan, and potentially extend that timespan into the indefinite future.

    This is what many people fear about cloning – the loss of genetic diversity in herds.

  32. Wormfather says:

    @92BuickLeSabre:

    Well there goes eating at restaurants…of any kind.

    Even on the organic front…if it’s cloned is it not still organic as long it was raised properly?

    OOOOOHHHHHH this is going to be fun!

  33. econobiker says:

    @Pasketti: You do know that breeding/milk stock eventually becomes eating stock?

    Friends with a dairy farm used to sell the milked out cows to the “burger bus”. Sure fast food burgers are 100% beef but what type of 100% beef?

  34. DallasDMD says:

    The general rule when it comes to food is that the less ‘engineered’ it is the better it tends to be in terms of health, taste, or quality.

    Maybe cloned beef is perfectly indiscernable from regular beef (the way nature intended it), but I just have so many philosophical objections to the consequences of partaking in the practices that the food industry engages in.

    Why does the industry and the FDA want cloned beef so badly? To save some penny pinching producers money?

    @Monkey4Sale: has this statement been throughly proven?

    @Joewithay: poo has organic molecules too, wanna eat that?

  35. Monkey4Sale says:

    @DallasDMD: The definition of a clone is an exact copy. What is there to be proven.

    On the statement of farm raised to factory raised. Eating grassfed beef lowers your chances of getting prostate cancer by 70%, which is a huge percentage as far as cancer is concerned. Personally I’d rather not get prostate cancer, not because prostate stimulation isn’t fun, but cancer sucks.

  36. AD8BC says:

    I wouldn’t have a problem with eating cloned meat. Meat is meat and if it is an exact copy of the meat I am eating now I could handle it.

    Now, I am not a fan of cloning though. We shouldn’t be playing God. God has proven that he knows what he is doing. I don’t think that His children are up to the task yet.

  37. Sidecutter says:

    @sleze69: No $10/lb Kobe for you. Kobe is expensive because of the lavish care given to the animals. That won’t make it cheaper just because the animal was cloned.

  38. joemono says:

    Oh give me a home, where the buffalo’s cloned,
    And the deer are “virtually” the same.

  39. harshmellow says:

    The bulls are not going to be happy about this.

  40. Jasmo says:

    Pay no attention to the scary test tube meat behind the curtain.

  41. Heyref says:

    @kellyd: Just to help put this into perspective, we have all been eating cloned plants for several hundred years. It doesn’t seem to have hurt us.

  42. youbastid says:

    @Monkey4Sale: It is not an exact copy. There are “virtually no differences” between the two. Not “zero differences.” For example, if you cut my arm off when I was healthy, or cut it off when I was in the beginning stages of prostate cancer, you would find virtually no difference between the two.

  43. Mr. Gunn says:

    I like how the first two anti-cloned meat commenters sounded nearly illiterate. If I hated science ever since I couldn’t pass biology in high school, I’d hate biotechnology, too. The tragic thing is that it’s going to be the only thing they can afford eventually, whereupon some smart marketer will invent a new name for cloned meat and they’ll all start lapping it up.

    /stop this thing, I want to get off

  44. darkclawsofchaos says:

    hmm… see thats the problem with theory and ignorance… both never really work out and if they do, its usually due to luck. In theory clones are no different from other animals, exactly the same, the problem is it is theoretical, and personally working in a lab with both grad students and undergrads, the terms “close enough” always works… I mean during the DNA transfer, from a cell to an embryo always runs risks, especially if the cell is speciallized, also some damage may occur during the transfer which may result in some weird function like prions. Prions are misfolded proteins like mad cow, on the other hand ignorance is no better. All it does is say no, when someone fails they say “told ou so” but if it works, they are all over it… typical

  45. Narb copied that floppy says:

    I’m no economic genius, but if we cloned beef for a third of the price what is there to keep the farmers from moving on to different cattle or product.

    Ensure the need and move onto the want?

  46. Monkey4Sale says:

    @youbastid: most meat you buy in the grocery store (where I don’t buy my meat) is already cloned, it’s just not cloned to the point the above cows are.

  47. RvLeshrac says:

    @Rey:

    They’re technically infinitely premature, in some cases. The differences are really a nonissue.

    @ad8bc:

    What god has proven what, exactly? Which god are you talking about?

    Zeus? Thor? Jupiter? Apollo? Baal? Ra? Isis? Osiris? ? Chronos? Gaia? Agdistis? Ahura Mazda? Ganesha? Hod? Quetzalcoatl? Tawaret? Shen Yi? Nammu? Lakshmi? Luna? Inti? Garuda? Amaterasu? Xochipili? Yam? Tawaret? Kukulcan? Huitzilopochtli? Davlin? Dawn? Dusk? Bes? Vesta? Tyche? Hygeia? Freyr? Bast? Balder? Asclepius?

    You need to be more specific.

  48. MercuryPDX says:

    @RvLeshrac: Not to detract from your point, but Farmer Bob is already playing “God” when he practices animal husbandry and horticulture. Cloning is just the ‘next step’ in the process.

  49. RvLeshrac says:

    @Mercurypdx:

    That’s a good one, too!