CyClone Dairy: Ben & Jerry’s April Fool’s!
So it’s April Fool’s Day. And it looks like Ben & Jerry’s pulled off quite the virtual April Fool’s Day joke. From Ben & Jerry’s:
“The truth is that Cyclone Dairy is a project of Ben & Jerry’s. We wanted to find a way to increase Americans’ awareness that the FDA has cleared the way for cloned foods to enter the food supply Cyclone Dairy seemed to be the perfect vehicle. It could be real!” While CyClone Dairy is a fictional creation, the potential for a company like this to emerge is dangerously real. The only thing that stands in the way of the livestock industry putting meat and milk from cloned animals or their offspring into the food supply is a voluntary moratorium. In other words, a supplier could easily go against the moratorium and put these products out into the marketplace, and FDA would not even require it to be labeled.
Just last week Members of the European Parliament voted against authorizing the sale of food from cloned products and their offspring, calling instead on regulators to ban these products. Why? Because of ethical concerns, lack of scientific information regarding the safety of these products and the negative effects on animal welfare.
The amount of discussion generated by our original CyClone Dairy blog showed that were not the only ones worried about cloned meat and milk reaching store shelves.
So keep talking! You can also take action to tell Congress that we need a system in place to track clones and their offspring, and it needs to track the DNA of clones, so meat and milk can be tested to see if they came from cloned animals. Without such a system in place, companies will be hard-pressed to guarantee that their products even the organic ones, are clone-free.