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Ben & Jerry's Has A Cow Over Cloning
Forbes ^ | 4/1/09 | Matthew Herper

Posted on 04/02/2009 12:01:10 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Happy April Fool's day, here's your prank.

Ben & Jerry's, the autonomous Unilever subsidiary with the environmental bent, celebrated every reporter's favorite holiday with a spoof Web site for a fictional company called "Cyclone Dairy" whose milk and other products comes entirely from cloned cows.

"Today, cloning is more than a reality," the site's homepage says. "It’s a promise for a more wholesome world. CyClone will be the first dairy brand to offer great-tasting products made exclusively from cloned cows."

The joke is playing off guidance from the Food and Drug Administration that will allow companies to use clones in producing milk and meat. In January 2008, FDA scientists concluded that "meat and milk from cow, pig, and goat clones and the offspring of any animal clones are as safe as food we eat every day."

Ben & Jerry's, which has long stood firm against the use of hormones that lead cows to produce more milk, doesn't think that using cloned animals to make milk and meat is a good idea.

Maybe it's not, but this joke works mostly on the "yuck" factor, as in, "yuck, I want my meat grown on a farm, not in a lab." Animals that are genetically modified are obviously a different issue, but clones -- genetic copies of existing animals -- might not produce milk that's any different from what comes out of a happy organic heifer. (Companies are far more likely to use clones for breeding purposes than to actually serve us cloned meat, because cloning is difficult and expensive.)

Better targets: additives, drugs, and antibiotics that might pose a threat to the public health. For instance, there is a very good argument that the low dose antibiotics used as growth promoters may be producing strains of drug-resistant bacteria. (See this NicholasKristof column.)

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TOPICS: Agriculture; Business/Economy; Science
KEYWORDS: aids; boycott; boycottbenandjerrys; cloning; icecream
Huffington Post has an article griping about this. How come cloning animals is terrible, but cloning humans is fantastic?
1 posted on 04/02/2009 12:01:10 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

> Huffington Post has an article griping about this. How come cloning animals is terrible, but cloning humans is fantastic?

That was my though as I was reading this. I’d be willing to bet that B&J has no issue with human cloning.

I have this image of Star Treck’s Captain Kirk talking some hapless computer into an infinite loop. Could we do the same to liberals?


2 posted on 04/02/2009 12:11:09 AM PDT by bluejay
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To: nickcarraway

I boycott Ben & Jerry’s


3 posted on 04/02/2009 5:13:27 AM PDT by Venturer
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