Thursday, April 12, 2007

Clone-sicle? Ctrl+C-wich? I feel like I have eaten this before.

I was trying to come up with something that exudes good branding impressions for the new line of cloned cow, goat, and lamb we'll be seeing soon.

Highlights from an article on the topic:
"'It's very expensive. We're talking $15,000 to $20,000,'" LaGrande said, adding that ranchers will likely clone for breeding purposes rather than for food supply...
...Others said forcing food manufacturers to label their products when there is no reason to warn the public of health risks will only cause unnecessary confusion and fear among consumers...
Eric Schlosser, author of "Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal," testified that his own research of the topic has found no definitive study on the short- and long-term effects of eating cloned animals. Besides, "if cloning is such a wonderful thing, these companies should be proud to put that on their labels," he said during a news conference organized by Migden earlier in the day....
...Also, cloned animals tend to suffer from deficient immune systems, which means ranchers will need to use more antibiotics to keep that livestock healthy, said Jean Halloran of the Consumers Union."
I posted something on this topic a while back, and it looks like it's still in the forefront of your state senators minds: should the public be made aware if the food they buy contains substances from a cloned animal?

A recent bill passed in the state senate says 'yes', so if it ever hits the grocery shelves, we should see a wonderful little blow-out that says something like "Buy 2, eat 1!" or "Gemini Farms: Cloned Cows 4 U!" or "Ditto the Cow says 'Eat my meat again and again!'" No? I'm still working on the marketing, but you get the idea.

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