Ben and Jerry’s Pull Prank on Cloning- Mr. T. gives rare chuckle. Some are not amused.
I pity the Fools
Ben and Jerry’s, that lovable Vermonter ice cream company has had some great ideas in the past. Such as, New York Super Fudge and being among the first to ban the use of synthetic growth hormones in cows that produce milk for their ice cream. Today they unveiled a great April Fool’s Day prank called CyClone Dairy. A fake company whose motto is “Perfect Cows. Perfect Milk”. The Stepford Wives-esque feel to the whole site is pretty creepy. Our favorite example is
“CyClone is first major dairy to raise a herd of clones and clone offspring. You could say cloning is our passion – where we combine DNA with TLC.
As the leaders in dairy innovation, we believe that science can make food better, your family happier, and the world a more perfect place.”
The prank has garnered some pretty funny media attention as well. Diane Tucker at HuffPost did not find it funny. She thinks the internet should only be full of things we can trust whole-heartedly and believe in like print and the teevee media. They would never lie to us.
Forbes has a more on the whole prank.
As for us, we thought it was a pretty provocative way to bring the issue to light. The fact is you may already be eating and drinking cloned meat and milk. Our take on cloning has been:
There is insufficient data on composition of milk and meat from cloned animals and their offspring. That the USDA declared cloning safe based on milk from 43 cow clones, and data on beef from 16 cow clones, and 5 pigs. There is no data at all from other species.
That regulators need to consider effects of poor health of clones on food safety and public health.
The USDA has to consider the possibility that sick and/or unsafe animals may not always be removed from the food supply during inspection.
That cloning technology is unsafe for animals; extensive data has shown very high rates of illness, death and deformities in clones. A vast majority of clones die shortly after birth.
For a more in depth read on our comments about cloning read this pdf.
Alright, off to enjoy my pint of Phish Phood. Clone free = Calorie free right?