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New CAST Issue Paper Examines Cloned and Transgenic Animals

Monday, August 24, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

The Council for Agriculture Science and Technology (CAST) has released a new paper, "Animal Productivity and Genetic Diversity: Cloned and Transgenic Animals," which reviews the complexities surrounding the issue of transgenic and cloned animals and presents the science behind the issues.

One main limitation to the further development and use of these technologies has been the lack of public acceptance. The 8-member international Task Force which authored the Issue Paper suggests that proponents of biotechnological approaches consider consumers’ concerns, and that the government develop a regulatory process that addresses consumers’ apprehension while offering realistic expectations of biotechnology.

The authors address topics including the cloning of farm animals for breeding and direct food consumption; disease resistance in transgenic animals; and the use of transgenics for improved food safety and quality, decreased environmental impact and increased production efficiency.

This paper is Part 8 of a 9-part CAST series titled "Animal Agriculture's Future through Biotechnology." 

CAST is an international consortium of 33 scientific and professional societies.  It assembles, interprets, and communicates credible science-based information regionally, nationally, and internationally to legislators, regulators, policymakers, the media, the private sector and the public.

To view this paper in its entirety, click here: http://www.cast-science.org/websiteUploads/publicationPDFs/CAST%20Animal%20Productivity165.pdf

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