Ethics of Cloning
In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved food derived from cloned animals. In addition, these products did not need to be labeled as “cloned” or “from clones” (Black, 2008). The FDA explained that you would not be eating the clone itself. It takes thousands of dollars to clone a food animal such as a cow or pig. Animals that are cloned for improved food production are used for a breeding program to produce many offspring with the desirable traits for increased meat or milk yield. These offspring of the clones are fair game for food.
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Clones as Food
In your discussion post, respond to ALL of the following questions:
- Based on research and evidence relating to DNA or the process of cloning a mammal, did you find that there are differences between a clone and a “normal” animal?
- Explain your personal opinions about eating a cloned animal.
- Is your opinion of eating a cloned plant different?
Utilize at least 1 credible source to support the arguments presented in your post.
Black, R. (2008, January 15). U.S. approves animal clones as food. BBC News. Retrieved from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7190305.stm