Shock was expressed by Europeans as it was let out that cloned meat, or novelty food as it is diplomatically being labeled, was being sold in the open market secretly. This is the latest rage. Meaning exactly that; people are angry. Europeans in particular.
The public in Switzerland have recently been informed that some farmers have sold their cattle to the open market. These cattle happen to be offspring of cloned cattle or the actual cloned cattle. Right now this novelty food is available in supermarkets and people may be ingesting them.
Even some farmers in Great Britain confess they purchased cloned embryos from industries in the US hoping to make higher profits from their beef and milk. It is said that novelty meat holds the potential of being healthier because only the healthiest, disease-free, lean cattle are being cloned; they are better fit for cloning and consumption. The actual sale of novelty meat is relatively small. Currently it is legal.
Cloned Meat, Novelty Foods, Pose No Threat to Eat
The US has been selling novelty meat for a few years, since perhaps 2005. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concludes that consuming this current food isn’t harmful. They reported that eating the meat and milk from goats, cloned cows, and pigs is perfectly safe. They have conducted a study and the experts say there is no food safety risk based on the results from the 1,000 page report.
Even so, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is urging farmers to “voluntarily” avoid selling cloned food on the open market until the controversy dies down. Which, of course, is expected to do so.
The Washington Post reported in 2008 the impossibility for farmers to be able to track where every goat, pig or cow has gone once it has been sold, even though the FDA require special tracking. In 2003 one cow alone produced enough semen for 2000 cows to be inseminated. This generated a profit of $100,000.
Cloning Cattle May Be Unethical
Cloning is out of natural order of things. Eating the results is even worse. Experts in the field state that the practice and science of cloning is unethical. It puts the animal at risk, causing it pain and emotional discomfort and trauma. Proof of this is in the mortality rate; it is higher for cloned embryos. This is caused from cardiovascular and respiratory complications and organ failure. There are more failed pregnancies as well. The welfare of the animals is poor.
A member of the European Parliament from France commented about her safety concerns regarding cloned animals and the technique used. She mentioned also about the biodiversity reduction and the welfare of the animals. Thus, she is an advocate against the selling of novelty foods.
Activists are strongly requesting special labeling and packaging, but the FDA will not require it. Mr. Matador, you should be afraid. In Spain bulls are being preserved to produce semen for insemination. Some are being spared from running down side streets and charging in the bull ring.
As technology continues its pursuit of advancement, none will be able to stand against it. Is this “advancement” justifiable only for the cause of “milking” the penny?
Is it ethical to look at cloned animals as mere “products for profit”?
Perhaps science and technology have shot ahead so far that there is too much distance between there and where people are left standing. The emotions cannot keep up at the same rate. Continue assessing the animals. Mind their welfare. And give people a choice. Add some sensitivity to the scene. Don’t force humanity to be where they do not want to go; if they don’t want to eat artificial food, don’t make them.