Saturday, January 12, 2008

FT.com / Europe - Europe set for debate rerun on ‘Frankenfoods’

Here they go again. Sheesh. If the EU can get itself this worked up about the prospect of prosciutto or speck from cloned pigs imagine, what would happen if they found out that I was planning to clone me.

FT.com / Europe - Europe set for debate rerun on ‘Frankenfoods’

5 comments:

Egaeus said...

I have to say that I don't like GM or cloned food, and it has nothing to do with whether it's safe for me to eat.

I dislike things like pest-resistant corn for the same reason I dislike giving antibiotics to cows as part of their feed. It accelerates resistance by the targeted organisms. If you have acres and acres of BT corn, it will kill all but a handful of caterpillars that feed on corn. Then, the rest go on to breed, passing on those BT resistant genes. Then, those caterpillars are free to feed on heirloom varieties, and we have lost an important organic means of control.

With cloned animals, you have somewhat the opposite effect. You can have an entire herd of milk cattle with the same DNA who get a disease that is fatal to say 1% of the general cattle population, it could very well be fatal to that entire herd due to the lack of genetic diversity.

But you also have to consider the taste. ADM, Monsanto, etc. aren't exactly known for providing top-quality produce unless you define quality as "the ability to withstand being shipped around the world." Mass-produced food of any kind, including GM and cloned food, is more about dollars per acre than taste. Wal-Mart food is just like everything else at Wal-Mart: cheap and worth even less.

Tags said...

Monsanto, ADM and the others don't give a rat sass about GM or cloning per se.

What they DO care about is ownership of seeds and the ability to sue anyone whose own seeds contain DNA from their proprietary seeds.

Scotty said...

But, neither of those are as frightening as the prospect of a entire Brigade de cuisine manned by cloned delGrossos. Maybe a delGrosso in every kitchen. Oh,where is the outrage - he could clone me out of my job! :-P

Tags said...

Ha! All those delGrossos will need computers... and what a network!!!

Linda aka IdahoRocks said...

No, I'm dead set against cloned food, gmo food, gazillions of pesticides and the whole bit because having briefly studied the chemistry industry, I really don't think that these corporations should be using the human species as guinea pigs for the pure pursuit of money. Something is very wrong with the earth's balance when we move so radically away from sustainable living, farming, and whatever and move to destroying entire forests, vital to the planet's ecosystems, just so we can grow more gmo soybeans in order to feed the world's population food that tastes like crap, or, to make sure that the very wealthy can get their fresh raspberries in Maine in the middle of winter. Something very wrong with that picture....

Now that you're "on the farm," Bob, pray, do tell, what you're learning about the cycle of life, from the food standpoint, of course....and please don't ask your farm clone, check it out yourself....