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Mandatory Labels for Cloned Animal Products:

Mandatory Labels for Cloned Animal Products From an “Unbiased Scholar”

Outline:

Outline Public Concerns Ethical Human Health Consumer “Willingness-to-Pay” Trends Producer Concerns Legal Issues Economic Issues What the US Government Should Implement Recommendations How to Implement Labeling References

Concerns: Ethical:

Concerns: Ethical

Concerns: Ethical Human cloning as end result:

Concerns: Ethical Human cloning as end result

Concerns: Human Health:

Concerns: Human Health FDA concluded meat and milk products from cloned cattle, swine, goats, and their offspring are safe to eat.

Concerns: Human Health:

Concerns: Human Health “Whole Foods Market also believes any food derived from cloned animals should be required to be labeled as such to allow consumers to make informed decisions on the meat and milk they buy.”

Consumer “Willingness-to-Pay” (WTP):

Consumer “Willingness-to-Pay” (WTP) Contradicting results When shopping: willing to pay to avoid cloned meat/milk When asked: unwilling to ban them

Consumer “Willingness-to-Pay” (WTP):

Consumer “Willingness-to-Pay” (WTP) Conclusion: some consumers may be unwilling to buy the product, but want to have the option available in the future

Producer Concerns - Legal:

Producer Concerns - Legal Cloned products later deemed “unsafe” “While the FDA says the science behind cloning is sound, people's trust in the administration has dwindled in recent years.” - Pallavi Gogoi Legal hurdles

Producer Concerns - Economic:

Producer Concerns - Economic Loss of producer support Ex: Ben & Jerry’s, Whole Foods Market Loss of organic premiums Animals don’t meet organic labeling guidelines

What the US Government Should Implement :

What the US Government Should Implement Keep in Mind: Public Concern Willing to avoid, but don’t want to ban Ethical? Healthy? Producer Concern Loss of support/revenue

What the US Government Should Implement:

What the US Government Should Implement Non-mandatory labeling But do encourage voluntary labels Build public trust

Recommendations How to Implement Labeling :

Recommendations How to Implement Labeling Conclusions since 2008 – still safe? Offer incentives to producers Tax breaks? Universities and other credible sources host experiments encourage public perception of cloning

Recommendations How to Implement Labeling:

Recommendations How to Implement Labeling Be transparent with the public!

References:

References Brooks, K.R. and Lusk, J.L (2011). U.S. consumers attitudes toward farm animal cloning. Appetite 57.2:482-492. Brooks, K.R. and Lusk, J.L (2012). Public and Private Preferences for Animal Cloning Policies. http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/bitstream/142359/2/JARE,Dec2012,%2310,pp485-501,Brooks.pdf. Accessed 19 August 2013. FDA (2008). FDA Issues Documents on the Safety of Food from Animal Clones. http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2008/ucm116836.htm. Accessed 20 August 2013. Gogoi , P (2007). The Case Against Cloning. http://www.businessweek.com/stories/2007-03-07/the-case-against-cloningbusinessweek-business-news-stock-market-and-financial-advice. Accessed 20 August 2013. Whole Foods Market (2013). Cloned Meat Q&A. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/mission-values/environmental-stewardship/cloned-meat-qa. Accessed 19 August 2013.

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