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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATION WOULD REQUIRE LABELS ON CLONED FOOD

PROPSED LAW COULD BE MORE STRINGENT THAN FEDERAL RULES

clonedcattle.jpeg Over time, a question I ask more and more is where did our society loose its way? When did we make the conscious decision to forgoe real for synthetic, to turn our back on the bounties of God’s green earth for those created in a petri dish?

Moreover, when did processed foods become more desirable than food picked from a tree, grown from seed, or raised from birth? More importantly, why?

Is it a matter of supply and demand? Is the proliferation of frankenfoods, man’s feeble attempt to supplement nature? With a worldwide population in the billions, there might be some validity to this.

Or it could be more sinister and be a manifestation of big businesses need to control things, not the least of which are cost and supply, that finds real food losing the battle for our food dollar?

Thankfully, for many of us, there are options, specifically the natural food/organic markets that are growing in number and sophistication in America today.

With names like Whole Foods, Wild Oats and Trader Joe’s, these markets, their shelves stocked with a variety of fresh, non-cloned, non-irradiated, or otherwise processed foods, provide a level of comfort and disclosure that many have come to count on when shopping for the family’s food, which is often not the case in the mainstream markets.

There is an ever-growing level of subterfuge in food marketing today. Equally complicit in this is the Federal Government, which in recent years has enacted policies softening the disclosure laws for cloned or otherwise scientifically enhanced foods.

It is ironic that it is the FDA, that same branch of government, which in recent years has proven ineffective at preventing toxins from making their way into the food supply, that is presently considering policy changes which would allow irradiated food products to be labeled as pasteurized.

The very same FDA, that as I write this, is poised to give final approval to policy changes that would allow meat and milk from cloned animals to be sold without any special labeling?

The FDA’s public position is that there is no evidence that eating meat from cloned cows, pigs or goats is harmful. But as animal cloning is a recent phenomenon, my fear is that there isn’t enough data to safely make this claim, and that the overburdened federal agency is merely bowing to pressure from the meat industry and their powerful friends inside the Beltway.

Reinforcing my position is evidence that the FDA’s above referenced finding concerning the safety of cloned pork was based on tests of just five pigs, while the findings about cows’ milk had a test sampling of 43 cows.

Thankfully, there is sanity at the state level. Most recently, the proposal before the California state legislature that if enacted into law would require that steaks, pork chops, milk and other products from cloned livestock be clearly labeled at point of sale.

Opposing this common sense legislation is the California Cattleman’s Association.

No surprises here!

-LIB

Steaks, pork chops, milk and other products from cloned livestock would have to be clearly labeled on grocers’ shelves under a bill pending in the California Legislature.

If passed, the requirement could be more stringent than federal rules. The
Food and Drug Administration is poised to give final approval to meat and milk from cloned animals without any special labeling, though a bill introduced in Congress would require it.

State Sen. Carole Migden said consumers deserve to know what they’re buying and to be able to decide if they want to eat food from cloned animals. That is especially true because the long-term consequences of eating artificially produced animals cannot yet be studied, she said.

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