Cloning is the process of creating copies of DNA fragments, cells or organisms. Scientists have been effectively cloning animals for quite some time. It’s just a matter of time until humans start emerging from test tubes.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a report concluding that food from cloned animals is as safe as that from normal animals. The FDA will also not require labeling of foods from cloned animals. This is a huge problem because Americans have no idea what they’re putting into their bodies without any labels, especially for topics such as cloning animals and having over 70-75% of our food supply being genetically modified without even knowing it.
Center for Food Safety (CFS) also cited several health and safety problems in animal cloning including: Surrogate mothers are treated with high doses of hormones; clones are often born with severely compromised immune systems and frequently receive massive doses of antibiotics. This opens an avenue for large amounts of veterinary pharmaceuticals to enter the human food supply. Also, imbalances in clones’ hormone, protein, and/or fat levels could compromise the quality and safety of meat and milk. Doesn’t this bother anyone??
The National Academy of Sciences warned that commercialization of cloned livestock for food production could increase the incidence of food-borne illnesses, such as E. coli infections; Cloning commonly results in high failure rates and defects such as intestinal blockages; diabetes; shortened tendons; deformed feet; weakened immune systems; dysfunctional hearts, brains, livers, and kidneys; respiratory distress; and circulatory problems. The public deserves to know where their food is coming from, especially if there are uncertain risks to individual’s health.
Cloned animals tend to have more problems during childbirth as well as physical deformities. For example, oversized navels and oddly shaped heads (Cows that have heads shaped like bulldogs). Did you know it costs $20,000 to clone a cow? Is this worth all that money to have a potential threat to the human population by consuming uncertain meats or dairy and treating animals in this way?
Not labeling food products in the United States as well giving the public foods to ingest that may have a risk to human health without them knowing is a huge problem in this nation. It is something we all should be thinking about when we pick out our foods. We need to become more knowledgeable of these certain topics and stand up for our rights.