Organic Valley Opposes FDA Ruling That Food From Cloned Animals is Safe

    LA FARGE, Wis., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Organic Valley, the nation's
 oldest and largest cooperative of organic family farmers, strongly opposes
 today's U.S. Food and Drug Administration's ruling that food from cloned
 animals and their offspring is safe.
     "Organic Valley farmers work in harmony with nature; we don't seek to
 alter it," said George Siemon, chief executive officer for Organic Valley.
 "Organic Valley and its meat brand, Organic Prairie, will never allow the
 use of cloned animals on our farms and in our products. And, we assume the
 USDA will never change its organic standards to allow for cloned animals.
     "As concerned citizens, parents and food eaters, we're alarmed at the
 FDA's assessment. It places the nation's food supply at risk, and threatens
 the existence of the family farmer," Siemon continued. "It's wrong for the
 FDA to suggest that cloned animals are safe to enter the non-organic,
 conventional food supply. This ruling has been made with haste and has not
 been made with the interests of the animals, consumers, or farmers in mind.
     "Rather, FDA has rushed to judgment with a decision aimed at supporting
 large corporations seeking to increase their profits in food manufacturing,
 raise their stock value and pad their wallets -- all at the cost of
 everyday individuals."
     "The long term effects of cloned animals on public health and our
 planet are simply not known. Over a generation, how will this impact our
 ecological system? Allergies? Nutritional balance? Antibiotic resistance?"
 Siemon said.
     "Furthermore, we already know that cloning adversely affects animal
 health in areas such as birth defects, abnormal growth, and lack of genetic
 diversity. We are dealing with complex biological systems that can react in
 even more unexpected ways. The FDA should instead follow a precautionary
 principle, to err on the side of caution, especially in issues related to
 human and environmental health, as well as animal husbandry, and prohibit
 cloned animals and all genetically modified organisms," Siemon added.
     "We encourage individuals to contact their U.S. Representative and
 Senators to have their opinions be heard as well."
     Organic Valley Family of Farms: Independent and Farmer-Owned
     Organic Valley is America's largest cooperative of organic farmers and
 is one of the nation's leading organic brands. Organized in 1988, it
 represents 1,201 farmers in 32 states and one Canadian province, and
 achieved $334 million in 2006 sales. Focused on its founding mission of
 saving family farms through organic farming, Organic Valley produces more
 than 200 organic foods, including organic milk, soy, cheese, butter,
 spreads, creams, eggs, produce and juice, which are sold in supermarkets,
 natural foods stores and food cooperatives nationwide. The same farmers who
 produce for Organic Valley also produce a full range of delicious organic
 meat under the Organic Prairie Family of Farms label. For further
 information, call 1-888-444-MILK or visit, and the cooperative's farmers' website,

SOURCE Organic Valley

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