Since more than 50% of people are against animal cloning according to a study done by the International Food Information Council, I am confident that I am not alone when I say how disappointed I am at the FDA approving cloned animals to be used in our food supply. What bothers me more than that, is that the companies that lobbied the FDA to get this through, are aware (as I am sure the FDA is as well) at the negative response, and because of this have gone through the effort to hide it by refusing to require food derived from cloned animals to be marked as such. Sort of a Don’t Ask Don’t Tell for Clones.
This of course leads to the potential for labels from those that do not use cloned animals to mark their products as such. But let us look for a second at an issue that I have mentioned here before, the use of synthetic hormones in milk. Dairies that have chosen to not use Monsanto’s rBGH/rBST should under the same theory be “free” to let consumers know that they produce a product that does not use these hormones, giving consumers that would rather not use them a choice. Simple enough, right? Wrong! Monsanto tried the court route, with mixed results, certainly not good enough for them. Suddenly now there appears to be a genuine campaign to get these labels removed, so that consumers will not be allowed to chose for themselves.
Is this what the FDA means by “free to label or mark their products?”Â The simple fact is, that they assume an uneducated consumer is the best consumer, because that means more profits at the expense of your health… not that you would know it, because the FDA… who is supposed to be watching out for the best interest of the people, are all too quickly giving in to pressure from politics and big business.
It is coming to a point, where regardless of how careful you are or try to be with what you feed your family, these corporations have the money to take away your right to know what it is that you are eating.Â If this all sounds “anti-business” it isn’t.Â It is about anti-corrupt-businesses.Â Businesses like Monsanto that have no ethics and cheat and lie to the public and try to buy off politicians.Â Heck, I have all the respect in the world for companies like Burger King.Â Are they selling products that are, well questionable in nutritional value and awful in regards to fat?Â Of course.Â And they make no bones about it.Â They tell you simply the way it is.Â We cater to fat people with big appetites.Â Sure, a bacon cheeseburger is loaded with fat.Â But if you are a big person, with a big appetite, and want something that has 5 layers of cheese, burger and bacon, and want to consume all that fat in one sitting, then we are happy to serve you.Â It is not healthy.Â It is not smart.Â But they aren’t trying to get lawmakers to ban health food stores for “misleading customers by claiming that their tofu is a better choice” as their defense.Â It is disgusting… but it is honest. Â You want to eat that… you know what you are getting and are making a choice.
Unfortunately, when it comes to cloning (and unless we can stop it soon milk as well), you can’t make such a choice.