The FDA has decided [stale link] that it is safe to eat cloned animals, and with all the starvation and suffering in the world today, you’d think that everyone would rejoice at this news. But everyone isn’t:
“Meat and milk from cloned animals have no benefit for consumers, and consumers don’t want them in their foods,” [Consumer Federation of America spokesperon, Carol Tucker] Foreman said
Meat and milk from naturally conceived animals has no benefit for consumers, either. Unless, you know, they eat the meat and drink the milk. As to whether consumers do or do not want cloned product in their foods: the only way we could say that with any degree of certainty is if we put those products to the market test. If consumers buy them, that is enough evidence that consumers want them. If not, Foreman’s statement is validated. But Ms. Foreman is so sure of her position that she plans on asking “food companies and supermarkets to refuse to sell food from clones.”
Now, I may or may not be comfortable eating cloned tenderloin. I’m just not sure. And you don’t have to be. What’s important is that we don’t allow the Foremans of the world to substitute their opinions for our own judgement and sensibility, just as we don’t allow the raw vegans to substitute their opinions for ours when we’re presented with a hamburger, stacked high with bacon and bleu cheese.
I don’t necessarily expect the cloneburgers (or clone-milkshakes) to be a runaway, overnight success. But I’m not trying to force anyone to adopt my tastes, and that’s the difference between libertarians, and nazis like Foreman.