Would You Drink Milk from a Cloned Cow?

By: Keith Jones Email
By: Keith Jones Email

Imagine milk from a cloned cow on your breakfast cereal or cloned steak for dinner. Government regulators may soon give the go ahead for just that.

A couple of dairy farmers in the Valley gave their opinions, but the question still reigns: Would you drink milk from a cloned cow?

"They're going to have four teets, and one udder, just like any other cows," says Wesley Kent, a dairy farmer who believes you wouldn't know the difference.

Gary Monroe, Kent's partner, says, "It's dependent on what they eat. Some of it is genetics. Some cows actually have higher fat than others. It's dependent on their stage of lactation and a number of different things."

Both dairy farmers are comfortable drinking milk from a cloned cow, and they're the professionals. Whether your hesitant or not, the Food and Drug Administration may soon give the okay, so the next time you buy milk off the shelves, it may have come straight from a clone.

"There's seven billion people on this planet, three hundred million in this country and farmers have to be more and more productive all the time to feed this world. So they take the best genetics, and we can get more milk out of the same number of animals, which mean less feed, less fuel, and more efficiency," says Monroe.

Officials say you may not even see any special labels. Cloned milk may bother some people ethically, but others just don't see the problem.

The F.D.A. has received warnings from Congress and consumer groups all over the country. The concern is that the F.D.A might rush their approval, and not do the studies that Congress is asking them to do.


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