2003N-0573 Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment
FDA Comment Number : EC1002
Submitter : Mr. Daniel Herring Date & Time: 01/04/2007 12:01:01
Organization : Mr. Daniel Herring
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
I WILL NOT eat cloned food products. If cloned food products (including those from animals descended from clones) are not clearly labelled, then I will be forced to abstain from entire classes of food. A 'free-market' economy only works when the buyer can make educated purchasing decisions.
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Why oppose cloned foods? Cloning, like inbreeding, decreases genetic diversity. This decreases the quality of nutrients found in derivative foods (e.g. some genetic defects reduce production of key vitamins or hinder the elimination of certain toxins). The decrease in diversity also increases the risk of disease propagation and the possibility that a single 'super-disease' could wipe out an entire strain of cloned livestock.
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Finally, I fail to see the benefit for the consumer. The only benefit appears to be for a few biotech companies who stand to profit from the cloning procedure itself, and others who may 'patent' certain cloned strains.
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In summation, I ask that the FDA serve the People of the United States and not allow the greed of a few to cause harm to the country.