"Would you consider serving cloned meat at your dinner table?"
And here are some responses that echo similar things I have heard from people in real life:
"No, we already do too many experimental things like rBGH and antibiotics."
That's right. I don't care if you've got gangrene or whatever, just stay away from those untested "experimental" antibiotics. Who knows what they might do.
"I’d never eat Cloned Meats, or genetically engineered fruits and vegetable. It’s not a natural creation. Seems to me that mankind has not totally destroyed all of nature yet for us to result to eating scientifically generated food."
Yeah I'm sure you only eat the products of "natural creation". Like coca cola, refined sugar or enriched flour? Or "scientifically generated" fermentation products like yogurt and beer? Unless you're living in the garden of Eden, there's no chance your living off "natural creations" dude. And what makes something so "unnatural" just because human knowledge is involved? Is knowledge "unnatural" too?
And on and on. Basically a lot of people think they should be scared of cloned meat, but it's pretty obvious from the commentary that none actually know what a cloned animal is. What exactly are they afraid to ingest? The cattle's aberrant histone modification patterns? At any rate, the question is irrelevant. It's just a programmed instinct to fear the unknown. The compulsion seems particularly strong when it comes to food. And hey, maybe that's a good thing - you wouldn't want people walking around randomly sampling concrete or poisonous mushrooms. And although I can't seem to think of any real reason cloned meat would be dangerous, maybe the infinitesimal risk is not merited if it doesn't offer any benefits. So the bottom line for me on cloned meat is this: no clear risk, no clear benefit. And so, for the time being, a total non-issue. Does anyone think I've missed out on something worth worrying about here?
Maybe it would be beneficial for us all if the media helped to spread some education while they are on the topic instead of promoting ignorance and knee-jerk fears?
UPDATE - Here's the marginally more informative article CBC ran.