Cloned Cows Used to Create Beef We Eat
Well, this is just disturbing. The United States Food and Drug administration just announced that farmers have been using cloned cows to mate and produce beef.
Which we're eating.
The farmers are producing cloned cows that have the best genes for making beef out of, and then breeding those cows in the normal fashion to produce a stock of good, beef patties, which end up in stores near you.
Meat and milk from the offspring of cloned animals may already be part of the U.S. food supply, the Food and Drug Administration announced this week. While the cloning process is too expensive (about $20,000 per animal) to justify creating clones that will be turned into hamburgers, some ranchers have cloned animals with desirable traits, which they then breed the old-fashioned way to create offspring. Officials said it is impossible to differentiate between cloned animals, their offspring and conventionally bred animals, making it difficult to know if offspring are in the food supply [Reuters].
The major cattle cloning companies in the United States have admitted that they have not bothered to try and keep meat from the offspring of clones out of the U.S. food supply, in spite of a request by the FDA several years ago.