In yet another development that moves the American food supply away from the pastoral and toward the techno-industrial, the FDA has (tentatively) declared that eating meat and dairy from cloned animals is safe.
Sneaking their report in during the nobody’s-looking-week-between-Xmas-and-New-Year, the FDA says that “milk and meat from cloned cows, pigs and goats, and from their offspring, are as safe to eat as the food we eat every day.”
And according to The New York Times, some of us may have already been eating them:
Some experts say that some products from clones or their offspring have probably nonetheless made their way into the food supply.
Maybe I’m just being alarmist, but the thought of eating cloned meat reminds me of that scene in David Cronenberg’s version of The Fly in which Geena Davis takes a bite of steak that’s been teleported and immediately spits it out, noting that something about it just tastes wrong.
I’m not alone. The Times notes that 64 percent of us are “uncomfortable” with eating cloned meat, 46 percent “strongly uncomfortable.” In fact, 14 percent of women would stop buying all dairy products if cloning was introduced to the food supply.
All of which means that true approval, which has to wait for a (probably quite pitched) period of public comment, is probably a long shot. That will be sad for some famous chefs.