Meanwhile, when asked if cloned meat will be allowed to be labeled as Organic, the USDA chuckled a bit, then snicker, then gave an out-and-out belly laugh.
“No, no, so, silly Bio-organic food company”, they said “There’s no way in hell your food can be labeled organic.”
Okay, that’s not what really happened. The USDA put out a quick FAQ (Warning – PDF file) last week, that said:
Q. Is cloning as a livestock production practice allowed under the National Organic Program regulations?
A. No. Cloning as a production method is incompatible with the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) and is prohibited under the National Organic Program regulations.
Q. May animals produced using cloning technology, or clones, be considered organic under the National Organic Program regulations?
A. No. Animals produced using cloning technology are incompatible with OFPA and cannot be considered organic under the National Organic Program regulations.
Q. What about the progeny of animals produced using cloning technology, or clones ??“ can they be organic under the National Organic Program regulations in organic livestock production?
A. AMS intends to work with the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to develop a rulemaking proposal to determine the organic status of the progeny of animals derived using cloning technology, or clones.
As Dairy Queen at The Ethicurean noted:
That last statement is still cause for concern.
Most news reports have indicated that the majority of cloned animals will be used as breeders ??” it???s so expensive that for now, the only reason a farmer would go to the trouble would be to clone a prize-winning fat-marbled bull or champion milk-producing cow.
Tracking the progeny of these cloned animals is going to be really, really difficult (and chances are that they???re already in the food system).
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