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Genetically Modified Organisms

Beef and milk producers can legally sell you cloned foods without telling you.

In December 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deemed meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring to be "safe" to eat. Industrial factory farmers may now sell you steak or milk from cloned animals or their offspring without your knowledge - no labeling is required. The FDA is likely to make this ruling permanent by the end of 2007 unless consumers take action.

Hundreds or thousands of cloned cows, pigs and other animals already exist in the U.S. Livestock. Factory farmers have been experimenting with the production of cloned animals for years.

Cloned animals are genetically different from naturally conceived animals. There is something very clearly wrong with them biologically, and scientists don't know exactly what. They tend to be sicker, have genetic mutations, die early and grow abnormally. Their bodies don't function normally.

Some companies such as Whole Foods, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream and Organic Valley, have said "no" to cloned animal products.

The Human Genome Project Information Cloning Fact Sheet says that "cloned animals tend to have more compromised immune function and higher rates of infection, tumor growth, and other disorders." Further, it says: " Japanese studies have shown that cloned mice live in poor health and die early. About a third of the cloned calves born alive have died young, and many of them were abnormally large."

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