Don’t have a cow! 3

It seems to me that one of the laws of nature is that all living things have two parent-creators; the masculine and the feminine.  Even fetuses created in a petri dish, obey this law.

Cloned animals disobey this natural law.

Word is that the FDA has approved cloned meat for our food chain.  I don’t want to eat cloned meat or drink milk from cloned cows.  I thought the FDA represented “the people’s” interests.  This person missed the survey that asked for my opinion about eating cloned meat.  I think it should be put to a public vote. To make a bad decision even more horrible, the cloned meat will not be labeled as such and so we consumers will have no way of distinguishing it from meat raised the natural way.  This smacks of Big Brotherism.

I am writing letters about this to the FDA and other agencies to go on record with my strong opposition to this.  It was interesting to hear the newscasters saying that it would be  years before this cloned meat is added to the food chain because right now cloning is too expensive…not too unknown, not too unnatural, not too unnecessary…but too expensive for it to make economic sense.  I saw an interview with the owner of a cattle ranch who paid for the cloning of a prized cow.  He wanted to replicate the cow because of her sterling attributes.  We all know where this thinking is headed – selective breeding and all that it implies for dogs, cows, and humans.

I ask myself why this is being done.  There is a lyric that I will borrow and edit from The Last Poets that  provides an answer. Somebody’s “got a God’s complex.”  Now, not all the scientists in the world support cloning. The mad ones that do, in fact seem to me to want to be greater than God because they want to create beings that are exact replicas of each other.  This doesn’t even happen in multiple births.  Variety, individuality and uniqueness are signature features/truths of the natural way.

There are many indefensible practices that wreak havoc in the name of increased production.  Two that come quickly to mind are feeding cows, who are naturally vegetarian, feed made from animals (why?) and the creation of plastics and other materials that do not disintegrate.

When I was a teenager I read an article in one of my uncle’s magazines, I believe it was Esquire.  In it the author talked about the ability to one day create beings custom-designed for their purposes.  As an example, he posited having legless beings in factories because they didn’t need legs to do their work.  It sent chills up and down my spine when I read it and still does as I watch this sort of thinking take hold.

I am not anti-science.  Everyday I use marvelous inventions that make communication easier, that entertain and inform, that have turned chores that used to be back-breaking and take all-day, easier and efficiently done.  But there have to be limits.  Just like everything we think, we do not need to say, everything we imagine, we do not need to try.

About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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