Friends of the Earth recently sent our petition signed by over 8,000 online activists to 50 major grocers in the United States. We are making sure these companies hear loud and clear that consumers do not want to eat products from cloned animals.
When we sent the petition, we also asked for a copy of each company's policy on selling food that comes from cloned animals -- and while we were at it, we asked about policies on selling food with nanoparticles too (see our report). We will compile the grocers' responses as we get them, so you can learn which grocery stores have taken the pledge. And, we are still collecting signatures. The more signatures we get, the harder it will be for cloned meats and dairy to make it onto our grocery shelves.
Gillian Madill, Friends of the Earth's Genetic Technologies Campaigner, recently testified to the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade on new human biotechnologies. Her testimony addressed the implications of various biotech issues, from bioweapons to human-animal hybrids and gene doping -- technologies already gaining ground that can present a very serious threat to human life and the environment if not approached with caution.
Bill draws support from diverse coalition concerned about ethics and safety
Senators Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) introduced the Human-Animal Hybrid Prohibition Act on Thursday, November 15, a bill that makes creating part human, part animal beings illegal.
Currently there is no regulation or oversight for the creation of human-animal hybrids. This bill would prohibit combining human and animal eggs and sperm to create a hybrid embryo, inserting animal DNA into a human embryo, and creating an animal with human reproductive organs or a human brain.