To find out who is behind the movement to legalize cloned meat, all that needs to be done is follow the money trail.
The FDA's draft risk assessment relies heavily on the work of animal-cloning companies Cyagra and ViaGen. More than a quarter of the 700-page draft consists of data from these two companies.
While on the surface the draft addresses some public safety issues, commercial interests largely inform the substance of the draft.
Polls have shown that the majority of the public does not want cloned meat, and certainly wants it to be labeled if it is available. The FDA has stated that it cannot require labeling.
The FDA's recent approval of cloned meat and milk for sale in America's grocery stores after more than three years had a great deal to do with the agency relying far too much on companies that will profit from the move, such as ViaGen and Cyagra.
Additionally to the more than 170 pages of the draft supplied directly by the companies, the work of a pair of scientists either currently or formerly employed by Cyagra was cited liberally throughout it.
And, of course, the government and conventional science will justify cloning animals for all the very debatable good it can do to rid the world of hunger or to discover new and often unnecessary and useless toxic drugs.
However noble these objectives may sound, Americans certainly aren't fooled by the tainting of our food supply with cloned meats. More reason than ever for you to seek out local sources for your vegetables and meats.