[Cloned Food] Can We Talk About the Precautonary Principle, Please?


BRUSSELS, Belgium – Meat and milk from cloned animals is probably safe for humans, the European Union’s food safety agency said in a preliminary report released Friday. The report, by the European Food Safety Authority, seems likely to fuel new debate over whether the EU should allow cloned animals to enter the food chain.

The 47-page draft cautioned, however, that there was “only limited data available” on animal cloning. It urged consultation with scientists and consumer groups, which have in the past objected to allowing such products onto the market.

Maybe this is a good time to apply the aforementioned principle:

The precautionary principle is a moral and political principle which states that if an action or policy might cause severe or irreversible harm to the public, in the absence of a scientific consensus that harm would not ensue, the burden of proof falls on those who would advocate taking the action.

Translation: Without proof that eating cloned meat would be perfectly safe, we should not be doing it. I find this eminently reasonable, personally.

This, of course, doesn’t even address moral arguments against cloning (or meat).

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