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Cloned Meat to Eat

Friday, January 04, 2008

Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition and food studies at NYU, explains why the FDA is approving meat from cloned animals but asking people not to eat it.

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Comments [19]

Leo from Queens

Just to add to the dicussion: our food supply is already inundated with genetically modified foods - I have noticed a decline in the taste and texture of food - It is difficult to find any food that has some taste or smell as it did 20 years ago.
We are currently guinea pigs and we have no idea as to the repercussions to humans as we consume greater amounts of GM foods - even livestock is being fed GM grains. NO long term studies or tests have been done on humans (especially children) on the effect of consuming these foods - We will only find out 20-30 years from now and it might be too late.
Just think of the fact that MOST corn consumed is Genetically Modified. - and that corn is not just consumed as 'Corn on the Cob' but it's turned into Feed and Corn Syrup and flower which is part of EVERY processed food

Jan. 04 2008 12:03 PM
Bill from New York

Well, Arturo, since all the domesticated animals that make up our meat industry are the result of genetic engineering, albeit over generations of breeding rather than at the accelerated pace of the lab, all races and cultures are guilty of playing "god."

Again, what are the moral/ethical issues here? Loss of genetic diversity? I bet that's already an issue, just as it is with grain crops, and that's a good one. But "it's not natural" doesn't fly. Nature is what nature does, and given that we humans are part of it, what we do is part of it as well. Dig harder for moral and ethical debate.

Jan. 04 2008 11:51 AM
IJ from Upper West Side

Isn't the more important issue the ability of the planet to provide enough food for animals we want to eat? Huge resources are currently dedicated to growing feed for animals. Cloning doesn't address this issue.

Jan. 04 2008 11:50 AM
Graham from Paris


GOOD THING this discussion is just beginning because that will afford you the opportunity to correct your habits here of misrepresenting things.

The pasteurization of _milk_ is similiar to this matter of genetically-modified agricultural products because they both entailed the public's lack of information about what was being presented to them?

Nonsense. Utter nonsense.

The promotion and use of genetically-modified agri-products have nothing in common with the advent of the pasteurization of milk. To suggest otherwise is very ignorant and very irresponsible of you.

Jan. 04 2008 11:44 AM
MG from Brooklyn

I would absolutely not consume cloned meat - that is if I was able to distinguish between that which was cloned and that which was not cloned. My fear is that, like with GMOs, this food will not be labeled as such and we will not be able to distinguish between the two.

We don't yet have enough information to be able to say whether or not it is safe. This is just another way for big corporations to make even more money. Period.

Jan. 04 2008 11:39 AM
h from new york city

I think it might not be a great idea to rush this cloned meat thing. There might be unknown reprecussions both environmental and health. Look what happened when people began feeding cows each others brains...mad cow disease... some said "hey it's just meat it tastes the same what's the big deal" etc. I think we need to have a serious ethical discussion about animals heigene etc.

Jan. 04 2008 11:38 AM
Anne

Honestly, I don't want to (and generally don't) eat most of the meat currently on the market.

What are the great benefits to this new meat? Will it be less expensive? Able to be raised more efficiently and less environmentally demanding?

Jan. 04 2008 11:38 AM
meat from queens

We've taken in technologies without generational studies. Do we really know if having/using cell phones as often as we do cause diseases? No, there hasn't been that much studies of that either. But we all use cell phones.

If you don't like cloned meat, don't eat it. If you don't mind it, eat it. Why ban it??

Jan. 04 2008 11:38 AM
Bill Rutledge from Manhattan

Cloning/artificial insemination, what's the difference? This "repugnance" is prissy urban whining. Humans have always eaten animals, and from a historical perspective, the animals have a pretty sweet life now.

Jan. 04 2008 11:38 AM
Lili

The problem about cloned meat poses the same problems that inbreeding and small genetic pool does. If few animals possess a disease like mad cow/difunctional prions, then that food is cloned over and over and the disease isn't caught in tme, the chances of the problem spreading a lot or much higher.

Jan. 04 2008 11:38 AM
MikeD from Brooklyn

It would definitely be a debate in our house. My wife and I tend to eat organic most of the time. She eats organic to avoid pesticides and genetic engineering and I eat it because I like the taste of the vegetables more. But if it tastes good I would buy it and just not tell her.

Jan. 04 2008 11:37 AM
pam from ny,ny

i find this horrifying! they won't label cloned meat as such, you won't know in a restaurant, etc. i will quit eating meat. ethically, environmentally this is quite scary.

Jan. 04 2008 11:37 AM
Demetri from Brooklyn

The cloning of anmimals will put our food supply in greater danger as we will have less genetic diversity within the food-animal population making them potentially more suceptible to disease and other problems.

Jan. 04 2008 11:36 AM
MA from Manhattan

What happens in 100 years when our livestock is limited to the same 100 "high-quality" cows that have been cloned over and over? Is this a possibility, or am I crazy?

Jan. 04 2008 11:35 AM
Bill from New York

"People have strong feelings." Ok, but do they have an argument? What's repugnant and why?

"Is there a meat shortage?" Is that even relevant? I doubt the meat industry has advanced an argument anything like that.

Can the guest please support her position? What are these other important issues?

Jan. 04 2008 11:35 AM
Demetri from Brooklyn

The problemm I have with cloned meat is that tit puts our food supply in greater danger. If we clone an animal which is particularly suceptible to a disease we could have a serious problem.

Jan. 04 2008 11:35 AM
sharkskingirl from brooklyn

how will the cloned meat be raised and farmed -- i.e., will issues of factory farming v. organic/free-range farming be addressed?

Jan. 04 2008 11:34 AM
Anonymous

Cloned meat will turn me into a vegetarian.

Jan. 04 2008 11:34 AM
ab

Is cloned meat going to be labeled as cloned meat????

Jan. 04 2008 11:31 AM

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