It’s Tuesday–Let’s Go To The Polls

Well, we had a whopping 6 votes (Count ’em, SIX!) in the poll asking whether you liked the old theme or the new one, and wouldn’t you know–it was a tie.  Since there was no overwhelming opinion either way, I’ve decided to keep the new theme–for at least a while–and try another poll. 

No, it doesn’t ask you if you like polls. 

This time around I want your opinion on whether or not you would eat cloned meat.  I ask this because the FDA just approved cloned animals for human consumption:

A long-awaited final report from the Food and Drug Administration concludes that foods from healthy cloned animals and their offspring are as safe as those from ordinary animals, effectively removing the last U.S. regulatory barrier to the marketing of meat and milk from cloned cattle, pigs and goats.

Well, hello Dolly. beef_cuts.jpg

What will most likely happen is that the cloned animals that we have now–cloned from the very best beef, pork, etc–will not be slaughtered but bred, so that we’ll be eating children of the clones:

In practice, it will be years before foods from clones make their way to store shelves in appreciable quantities, in part because the clones themselves are too valuable to slaughter or milk. Instead, the pricey animals — replicas of some of the finest farm animals ever born — will be used primarily as breeding stock to create what proponents say will be a new generation of superior farm animals.

So what do you think?  I’m thinking that I wish I had more land so we could raise a couple of beef cows for ourselves and not have to worry about it.  At least we’ve got the chickens. 

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6 thoughts on “It’s Tuesday–Let’s Go To The Polls

  1. Cloning bothers me because anything that reduces genetic diversity is somewhat antithetical to easy survival. Most production pigs and chickens, which are the most highly line-bred of farm animals, have to be kept in environments that are literally sealed off from the outside world, because if one got sick, they would all get sick. I’m not wild about seeing it in beef cattle, and I definitely support the horse associations that are basically blocking clones from being registered.

    That being said, there’s nothing wrong with their meat, so I’m glad to see the FDA approving this. Now, if we can just get people out of 1950s horror movies about irradiation……

  2. I’d eat it, and I’m not too concerned about genetic diversity in bovine populations, either. These are not animals that will ever be expected to sustain a population in the wild.

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