Dean, US's #1 Milk Company, Says "No" To Milk From Cloned Cows

From Forbes:

Milk from cloned cows is no longer welcome at the nation’s biggest milk company.

Although the government has approved meat and milk from cloned animals while it conducts further studies, Dean Foods Co. of Dallas said Thursday that its customers and consumers don’t want milk from cloned animals. The $10 billion company owns Land O’Lakes and Horizon Organic, among dozens of other brands.

“Numerous surveys have shown that Americans are not interested in buying dairy products that contain milk from cloned cows and Dean Foods is responding to the needs of our consumers,” the company said in a statement.

The FDA’s research into the issue has concluded that there is no difference between cloned animals and natural ones and therefore little or no risk to humans associated with drinking milk or eating meat from cloned animals. Cloning companies say that the goal isn’t to put cloned animals into the food supply, but rather to make copies of superior animals for the production of offspring. We think cloned milk sounds gross, but are generally not big milk drinkers anyway.—MEGHANN MARCO

No. 1 Milk Company Says ‘No’ to Clones [Forbes]


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  1. MadMolecule says:

    I had no idea Dean Milk was still around. I only knew them from the 1951 Supreme Court case, Dean Milk v. Madison:

    This was a landmark case (which Dean Milk won) in the Court’s interpretation of the Commerce Clause, and yet for some reason there’s no mention of it on the company’s “History” page:


    Anyway, bring on the cloned milk for my cloned lattes! Maybe the lowered demand will make it cheap.

  2. TechnoDestructo says:

    Whoop de doo. A company is catering to hysterical people who don’t know what cloning is.

  3. GenXCub says:

    Technically identical twins are no different from clones, so if there are any identical twin cows out there… kill em now!

  4. AcidReign says:

    …..I’m drinking Great Value milk, so mine’s probably cloned, hormoned, and generally defiled all sorts of ways already. No big deal. I do buy real Barber’s half and half for my New Orleans Blend Community Coffee, though.

  5. SexCpotatoes says:

    Wait, I thought I was buying human milk for all these years! Cows! Cows?!? EEeew.

  6. Tallanvor says:

    Send in the clones, the laffy, daffy, clones…

    Oh, wait, that’s clowns, not clones (and this version, of course, comes from the Simpsons, which provides a quote for any situation).

  7. r81984 says:

    Dean is just giving themselves bad press.

    There is nothing wrong with cloned food. If the DNA sequence makes a great product why not copy it to make the same food? Its just a copy not some crazy mad scientist adding genes and mutating cells.

    We have been eating clone food for years and no one has bitched until now.
    Most bananas, potatoes, apples, grapes, pears, and peaches are clones

  8. Legodude522 says:

    I really don’t care if it’s cloned or not. There is no difference to me. Why do people get so pissy about this?

  9. Simon says:

    I wonder if the people crying “OMG, a cloned thing, eww!” realise just how many of the fruits and vegetables they eat are cloned? To get an idea of the answer, first mull over the logistics of growing Seedless grapes and Seedless tangerines *without* using cloning. Done? Now consider that pretty much all fruit and vegetables are grown using this method. Why do you think all supermarket tomatoes/plums/peaches etc. are identically large, round, and attractively coloured?

    Not, of course that it’s a bad thing. In fact, for the consumer, it’s an excellent thing; and this blog is The Consumerist. Well, I like seedless grapes; don’t you?

  10. Mr. Gunn says:

    “Cloned” cows is just a stupid term they’re using to try to scare people away from buying a competitors milk. People have been selectively breeding animals for centuries, only difference now is that the selection is occurring a bit earlier. Unfortunately, as Meghann’s comment reveals, their tactic is working.

  11. Angiol says:

    Exactly. People who think ‘OMG CLONES KILL THEM!’ need to realize this.

  12. Her Grace says:

    Besides which, the milk itself isn’t cloned. It’s produced by animals which were cloned. The difference is profound. Heavens, we’d better stay away from milk produced by idential twin cows, too!

  13. r3m0t says:

    The hormones are way worse than cloning.

    People, you shouldn’t just consider the potential health effects of drinking milk from cloned animals (i.e. none) but also the effect of such a monoculture on the environment. One virus which is normally mild could probably wipe out vast amounts of these cows. There are probably other problems I don’t know about…