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Update on the Cloned Animals Campaign

Friends of the Earth has received responses from three major grocery stores who state that they do not sell products from cloned animals: Albertsons, SUPERVALU, and Harris Teeter. One retailer based in Seattle, PCC Natural Markets, took the lead back in February, 2008 by completely banning all products from cloned animals and their offspring in their stores.

We are still waiting for many more responses. You can help strengthen this action by signing our petition. Each new signature helps increase the pressure on your grocers, which encourages them to ban cloned animals from their stores.

Press Release | Center for Food Safety on Cloned Animals


What it Means to Eat Meat and Dairy from Cloned Animals

The FDA has lifted a voluntary ban on allowing cloned animal products from entering the human food supply. Based upon flawed studies, the FDA has claimed that eating meat and dairy from cloned animals or their offspring is harmless to human health.

Cloned animals have a much higher rate of genetic abnormalities than sexually reproduced animals. Most cloned animals die immediately after birth because the intricacies of the cloning process are still not well understood. Dolly, the first cloned sheep, died only six years after her birth of premature arthritis and lung disease. Obviously there are many genetic complications with cloned animals. Why would we want to ingest something that is known to be genetically flawed and diseased?

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Facts on Eating Cloned Animals

Perhaps you are already squeamish about the idea of eating cloned meat (like 77% of the public).  Friends of the Earth has compiled some basic facts on what it means to ingest cloned meat, both to the enivornment and our own human health.

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Don't Buy It: Keep Cloned Meat Off Grocery Shelves

FDA lifts ban on selling meat and dairy products from cloned animals

Cloned CowsThe FDA has buckled to big biotech and agro-business despite more than 150,000 public comments opposing the lifting of the ban, and amendments to the federal Farm Bill and Omnibus Appropriations Bill calling for more research before lifting the ban.

The FDA claims that cloned animals and their offspring are safe for us to eat, yet studies used by the FDA are incomplete. Cloned animals have a much higher rate of genetic abnormalities than sexually reproduced animals. Most cloned animals die immediately after birth because the intricacies of the cloning process are still not well understood. Dolly, the first cloned sheep, died only six years after her birth of premature arthritis and lung disease.

Update, January 16, 2008: USDA refuses to go along with Bush's FDA.

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