Views Divided On Consuming Cloned Animals Products

by Allan Harris on 07/08/2011

in Culture,Living,Politics

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According to new research led by Sean Fox, Kansas University Professor of agricultural economics, Americans are more accepting of the idea of cloned animal products than their European counterparts. The research was focused on consumer attitudes toward food safety, in particular, attitudes toward cloned animals.

The research was aimed at finding out how different groups of people responded to the option of consuming products that were derived from cloned animals. It was also intended to find out how reactions of people differ between different regions, particularly in the United States and Europe.

In order to conduct this research, researchers surveyed different students in agriculture, English and sociology at Kansas State. They also surveyed university undergraduates at University College Dublin in Ireland, and Ecole Superieure d’Agriculture de Purpan, France. In this survey, participants were asked about purchasing and consuming cloned animal products.

According to the survey findings, students in Ireland and France would be less likely to consume cloned products compared to the students in Kansas. The results also showed that sociology and English students were less likely than agriculture students to want to consume such products.

It was also found in this research that both Americans and Europeans are more likely to want to consume cloned products after learning that both the U.S Food and Drug Administration and the European Food Safety Authority has confirmed that cloned animal products pose no health risks.

According to Fox, the opposition to cloning was stronger among those who oppose it for moral reasons than those who are oppose it for food safety concerns.

The research conducted by Fox and his team has found that people do not share the same opinions and attitudes towards animal cloning. Some people are more concerned about moral issues related to cloning, while others are more concerned about food safety. What is your perspective on cloned animal products for human consumption?

Via Food Navigator
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