In an effort to provide
consumers with scientific information about transgenic and cloned
animals, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology is
releasing a new issue paper, "Animal Productivity and Genetic
Diversity: Cloned and Transgenic Animals."
The paper aims to review the complexities surrounding the issue and
presents the science behind it. Specific topics include 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.
"Even the word 'cloning' can elicit emotional responses from
people," said CAST Executive Vice President John Bonner.
"By providing unbiased, scientific information on potentially
divisive issues, CAST seeks to bring together various viewpoints for
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.
The full text of the paper is available free of charge on the CAST