Wanna Bite of My 'Twin' Burger?
With the news that the Food and Drug Administration is getting closer to approving the sale of meat and milk made from cloned livestock, the Jetson Age officially may have arrived.
Does anyone else think that the state of the food chain is getting weirder by the day?
Imagine, your next-door neighbors, George and Judy Jetson, have just called you on your video Blackberry and they're inviting you to beam yourself over for "twin" burgers, cloned shakes and a side of fries, made from GMO (genetically modified organism) potatoes (but without the transfats, of course).
"Twin," by the way, is one of the terms being used among biotech folks to distinguish cloned animals from those that are genetically engineered. (Whew. I feel better now.)
The FDA's plans, expected to be announced by the end of the year, are drawing strong reactions from consumer groups, concerned about, among other things, food labeling that would be necessary to distinguish the clones from the cows.
The idea that such a food label would be necessary, as part of my consumer shopping experience, makes me want to moo myself into orbit. (What planet do the Jetsons live on, anyway?) Further, am I to assume that there will be clone-free, hormone-free milk varieties, as well? Will they be available in skim, two percent and whole? And what about the cream in my coffee? Is my morning ritual now subject to cloned ramifications? Maybe I'm looking through old-fashioned, milk-bottle lenses, but I'm not ready for clone in my coffee.
Got milk? Share your lactic acid in the comments area below.
Tomorrow: Reaction to two reports released this week on seafood consumption.
Please email us to report offensive comments.
Posted by: bsimon | October 18, 2006 2:32 PM
Posted by: Allen Smith | October 18, 2006 3:01 PM
Posted by: julie | October 18, 2006 3:42 PM
Posted by: Jason | October 18, 2006 3:58 PM
Posted by: Chris | October 18, 2006 4:18 PM
Posted by: semi-veggie | October 18, 2006 4:43 PM
Posted by: columbia | October 18, 2006 5:28 PM
Posted by: Danny | October 18, 2006 6:05 PM
Posted by: Malex | October 18, 2006 6:26 PM
Posted by: Anonymous | October 20, 2006 12:56 PM
Posted by: Paul Corsa | October 22, 2006 5:43 PM
Posted by: Biologist | October 25, 2006 11:15 AM
Posted by: Biologist | October 25, 2006 11:21 AM
Posted by: Biologist | October 25, 2006 11:30 AM
Posted by: steak boy | October 26, 2006 1:01 PM
Posted by: terrier | October 31, 2006 2:30 PM
Posted by: Biologist | November 1, 2006 11:49 AM
The comments to this entry are closed.