CyClone Dairy – putting a good face on a bad practice
You’ve got to hand it to the CyClone Dairy people. They’ve decided that rather than hide the fact that they use milk from cloned animals and their offspring, they’ll brag about it instead and hope that people assume that their positive attitude comes from a product that‚ been proven “safe.” Unfortunately, the reality is quite the opposite of the website’s cheerful photos and catchy slogans.
The data on the safety of cloned products for human consumption is limited, while ethical concerns and negative animal health effects are extensive. However, the Food and Drug Administration, in keeping with their bad track record of approving questionable technologies with few questions asked, announced little over a year ago . The agency managed to ignore the litany of problems that have yet to be solved with the entire cloning process. They also ignored over 30,000 comments opposing their stance on cloning.
To make matters worse, FDA does not require labeling on products from cloned animals or their offspring. And the only thing stopping the sale of meat and milk from cloned cows is a voluntary moratorium, making it very possible for this trend to spread, with no tracking system to figure out where clones and their offspring end up. Even industry trade associations have concerns over cloning, asking FDA to hold off on permitting cloned milk to enter the food supply until more research can be done, yet FDA refuses to respond.
A variety of food companies have already made it known that they will not be using products from cloned animals, including Kraft Foods Inc., Smithfield Inc. (a surprisingly good action on their part), Ben & Jerry’s and more. Not to mention that recent polling has shown a majority of consumers are wary of cloned products. The International Dairy Foods Association predicted in 2007 that the $20 billion dairy industry could fall by 15% should cloned milk be introduced into the market.
With dairy farmers already suffering an economic backlash due to falling milk prices not yielding enough revenue to cover costs, they cannot afford further losses from selling products that consumers do not trust. CyClone Dairy should take the hint. Putting a good face on an unnecessary and potentially unsafe product isn’t slick marketing, it’s bad business.