Do you love to eat beef? Even if you don’t, you may want to pay attention to this article for the reasons that it reveals why cloned meat isn’t as safe as they claimed. Most people don’t realize that the scientists who support or work for biotechnology companies that are involved in animal cloning have little clue as to how genes work at the fundamental levels. This is why they don’t understand why there are so many unpredictable and strange side effects of cloning organisms.
This comment written by Richard does a great job of summarizing what I just wrote about the ignorance of scientists and their lack of knowledge in genetic engineering.
Genetic engineering is a test tube science and is prematurely applied in food production. A gene studied in a test tube can only tell what this gene does and how it behaves in that particular test tube. It cannot tell us what its role and behaviour are in the organism it came from or what it might do if we place it into a completely different species. Genes for the colour red placed into petunia flowers not only changed the colour of the petals but also decreased fertility and altered the growth of the roots and leaves. Salmon genetically engineered with a growth hormone gene not only grew too big too fast but also turned green. These are unpredictable side effects, scientifically termed pleiotropic effects.What is cloning?
The cloning process is a very complex process that involves duplicating organisms using advanced genetic engineering techniques. One of the first publicly known cloned organisms was Dolly the sheep. Many scientists said that Dolly was a cloning success. However, what they don’t want us to know is that Dolly had a lot of health problems and died at an early age.
The side effects of cloning occur because scientists don’t understand the relationship between energy and matter. To be able to cloned an organism near perfection, scientists need to study the mechanics behind energy and how genes and energy influence each other. Without understanding how energy affects matter, scientists will never be able to cloned organisms that are safe enough to eat. Why? Because the mechanics of energy are what determine how matter is structured and behave.
Cloned meat health risks
Here is an excerpt from AlterNet.org that does a great job of explaining some of the processes of cloning animals and their health problems.
To clone an animal, “scientists start with a piece of ear skin and mince it up in a lab. Then they induce the cells to divide in a culture dish until they forget they are skin cells and regain their ability to express all of their genes,” writes the Los Angeles Times’ Karen Kaplan. “Meanwhile, the nucleus is removed from a donor egg and placed next to a skin cell. Both are zapped with a tiny electric shock, and if all goes well the egg grows into a genetic copy of the original animal.”I don’t know about you but after reading the excerpt above, I feel that eating meat from a cloned animal is like eating a walking dead animal with no soul, also known as a zombie. Scientists have known for a long time that the food we eat can affect our genes and health. Since cloned animals have a lot of health problems due to defective genes, eating them may also pass those health problems into our body.
… The reprogamming problem, called epigenetic dysregulation, means many clones — some say 90 percent — are born with deformities, enlarged umbilical cords, respiratory distress, heart and intestine problems and Large Offspring Syndrome, the latter often killing the clone and its “mother,” the surrogate dam. Clones that survive epigenetic dysregulation often require surgery, oxygen and transfusions at birth, eat insatiably but do not necessarily gain weight and fail to maintain normal temperatures, admits the report.
Are you already eating cloned meat without your knowledge?
According to Yahoo News, Trans Ova Genetics produces about 100 calves every year by first growing them in Petri dishes. These cloned calves aren’t just being cloned for research purposes but are also being sold to certain buyers. Trans Ova Genetics also clones pigs and horses. This makes me wonder what else are they cloning? Could they be also cloning humans? If they were, it wouldn’t surprise me.
In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved consumption of cloned meat from cows, pigs, and goats. However, there is no convenient way of telling if the meat you are eating is cloned or not. This is due to the fact that the FDA doesn’t require meat manufacturers to label cloned meat. The best way to avoid cloned meat is to eat only organic meat. From my understanding of how the FDA and the meat industry work, the chance of you already eating cloned meat is pretty high, unless you raise your own animal for meat consumption or eat only organic meat.