2003N-0573 Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment
FDA Comment Number : EC2100
Submitter : Mr. Kevin O'Shea Date & Time: 01/08/2007 02:01:58
Organization : Student at the College of New Jersey
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
I feel that this is just another attempt by big business and investors to streamline and control the cattle and meat industry while discouraging small farmers from raising cattle of their own. Personally, I am disgusted by the artificiality of produce that has been genetically modified to look a particular way or grow in particular conditions. If I have the choice I will purchase organic free range meat and organic produce that I know has not been genetically modified. I am willing to pay more money for these products.
Cloning cattle alarms me because I do not want to be the guinea pig that eats something scientists know little about. I feel that investors should not rush into marketing something that the public doesn't feel comfortable consuming. There are too many questions surrounding this issue to permit cloned meat to be sold to the public.
Adverse social and economic effects could occur if cloned cattle are marketed. I feel that people would be very skeptical of what they are eating. There is something "unnatural" about cloned animals, and I personally feel that consumers won't welcome the product. American consumers are often fed things that are harmful and are not informed of the risks. For example, McDonalds and Burger King sell very unhealthy meals to poor and working class people that really don't understand that the food they are eating could potentially cause obesity and diabetes. We know today that the tobacco industry lied to the public and continues to sell products that are harmful. Why would the meat industry do differently?
We don't understand cloning enough because it is a new technology and there are numerous variables that could harm humans in various ways. Please, do not allow cloned animals to be consumed because there are too many unanswered questions.