Cloned Beef Taste Test: Article [moved from General Chowhounding]
LA Times had what I thought was a very entertaining article about a blind taste test of cloned beef done for a group of foodies and others:
(sorry if this was already posted: I did a search and didn't see it)
Anyway, I found it interesting. I have no problems whatsoever with this technology (and the cattle are actually just offspring of clones). I think people hear "clone" and think of some kind of automaton-like creatures in a sci-fi suspended-animation chamber or something. They're cattle like any other, people! OK, factory farming is pretty horrific just by itself, but let's just say I don't find this any worse.
while i understand that cloning itself is not totally horrific or dangerous, I dont like the fact that it may eventually narrow or restrict the gene pool we have to choose from and breed with. selective breeding is onething, but let nature do its thing. Same with produce and crops which are patented and only special varieties or seeds can be bought which limits strains and genetic variation to an extent...
im doing a project on local agriculture, and it saddens me.
They interviewed one of the attendees on KFI640 this afternoon. He said that there was really no difference in the taste of beef from the offspring of a cloned animal versus beef from a non-cloned one and there shouldn't be any. I guess you could say that eating cloned beef is like a "digital" version of food - an exact copy of the DNA. Now I am expecting to begin hearing opinions about how people prefer "analog" (non-cloned) beef because it has a warmer taste to it whereas the cloned beef is more sterile and cold. As cloned meat takes over most of the marketplace, there will still be purists who insist on the analog, non-cloned version. Special, very expensive kitchen cookware will be developed that will enhance the flavor of the non-cloned meat. As the OP said, people have this sci-fi view of cloning as something pretty horrific but if you think about the conditions for most animals raised for food (the "factory farming") that would actually leave most of us aghast.