Cloned GM Sheep Coming to a Store Near You

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The headline reads… “Chinese scientists have cloned a genetically modified sheep containing a “good” type of fat found naturally in nuts, seeds, fish and leafy greens that helps reduce the risk of heart attacks and cardiovascular disease.” This is getting serious folks!

Misguided public food policy and biotechnology

Riding on the wings of my previous post about Roundup and genetic modification, here we are confronted with the combination of misguided American food policies and the relentless progression of biotechnology into the grey area of cloning.

Apparently the Chinese have fallen for the American mantra of “polyunsaturated fats are good and saturated fats are bad” which is such a shame because they have lived for centuries on their own traditional foods which include a lot of saturated fats.

A normal sheep?

The sheep, named Peng Peng, “… is growing very well and is very healthy like a normal sheep,” said lead scientist Du Yutao at the Beijing Genomics Institute in Shenzhen in southern China.

Gene insertion — more like machine-gun fire

Du and colleagues inserted the gene that is linked to the production of polyunsaturated fatty acids into a donor cell taken from the ear of a Chinese Merino sheep. (Read about how they go about “inserting” a gene into a cell here). It’s kind of amazing they actually got a sheep out of it.

The cell was then inserted into an unfertilized egg and implanted into the womb of a surrogate sheep.

“The gene was originally from C. elegans (the helminth roundworm) which has been shown to increase unsaturated fatty acids which is very good for human health,” Du said.

If you haven’t read my article on helminths (worms) read it here. They are a lot more valuable to humans than this one was.

Prove they are harmless and safe for consumption

“The Chinese government encourages transgenic projects but we need to have better methods and results to prove that transgenic plants and animals are harmless and safe for consumption, that is crucial,” Du said.

Hopefully, in China, they will actually test and study these genetically modified organisms before they open them up to the market — unlike here.

The United States is a world leader in producing GM crops. Yup. The Food and Drug Administration has already approved the sale of food from clones and their offspring, saying the products are indistinguishable from those of non-cloned animals.

Say goodbye to real wild salmon

U.S. biotech firm AquaBounty’s patented genetically modified Atlantic salmon are widely billed as growing at double the speed and could be approved by U.S. regulators as early as this summer.

Did nature make a mistake?

Aside from the obvious ethical issues, the whole world is becoming a crazy place with this insistence on forwarding a dangerously incorrect tenet that saturated fat is bad for human health and unsaturated fat is good. Nature, in her infinite wisdom did not make a mistake about saturated fats.

Why is this not clear to health officials?

All of this has been and is being proven in the health of the American public who have been unknowingly participating in a giant experiment. The results are in: the low saturated fat, high carb, high polyunsaturated fat diet is making everyone fat and sick with diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, cancer and autoimmunity.

What do you think about all this? Leave a comment and let me know!


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  • Michelle April 25, 2012, 10:04 pm

    Thank you for sharing this vital information. It is horrifying what is being fed to human beings with nary a whisper of concern on anyone’s part. When will the people wake up and get mad about this abomination? I have no interest in eating roundworm DNA combined with sheep. Gag!

  • jean April 26, 2012, 6:38 am

    As Michelle says, it truly is an abomination. I do have to wonder, too, about all their experimetations in this nonsense and how many animals have to suffer through the research mistakes. If only consumers will have the wisdom to refuse to buy cloned GM foods.

    • Jill April 26, 2012, 8:47 am

      Hi Jean,
      The only cloned food right now is the salmon that will probably be released to the market soon unless we can prevent it. The problem is that they are not allowing the GM food and GM ingredients to be labeled.

      Mike Taylor is the USDA Czar and he was the attorney for Monsanto earlier in his career. So opposing these issues to the government is like fighting Monsanto…

  • Jill April 26, 2012, 8:33 am

    Good thing that we have the technology to re-create creation, now that we humans are smarter than the Creator of the universe!

    All sarcasm aside, I feel strongly that this type of thing (including genetically modifying any living organism–plant or animal) is totally irreverent and a way of arrogantly turning our backs on the loving, wise, all-knowing God who designed not only us, but the food that has sustained our ancestors since the beginning. Whenever we humans have gone “our way” and rejected God’s way, the result is always suffering.

    Our knowledge and wisdom will never reach a place that qualifies us to do what we are currently doing–because we are the creation, not the Creator.

    • Giselle April 26, 2012, 10:35 am

      I was just thinking the same thing Jill. All of this is reminding me of Noah’s day. Trying to play God is a dangerous business.

  • kim April 26, 2012, 9:37 am

    It’s pure evil that God’s creations are being mutated, redesigned and made into poison for profit . I can’t think of anything man has not altered and made bad. Even the sky they spray with heavy metals(chem trails) and God knows what, only to try control the weather. When does it end?

  • The Soulicious Life April 26, 2012, 9:50 am

    “Wow” is all I can say. Your question “Did nature make a mistake?” sums it all up IMO. If they just labeled the GMO food so people could make their own, informed choice, I’d be so much happier.

  • Solveig April 26, 2012, 1:36 pm

    I agree. This whole idea of cloning, genetically modifying, is just pure evil. I can remember in the late ’60’s – early 70’s, somewhere in that time period, when they cloned that sheep in the UK. Don’t these people realize what a can of worms (no pun untended) they’ve opened?

    I’m on and every time a petition is sent, I sign it and put my 2 cents in. My husband was raised on his father’s sheep and cattle ranch and when I have show him articles about what is going on in the beef industry anymore (he had no idea) he has stopped eating beef and we eat a lot of fish. We like salmon, but it hasn’t been tasting right lately and we have backed off with that, also. If they go through with this thing with AquaBounty, no more salmon.

    • Jen May 4, 2012, 8:20 pm

      Solveig, just make sure you are purchasing wild salmon, not farmed salmon. At least for now, they still label that.

  • Bebe April 27, 2012, 2:18 am

    Scary. I can’t believe they would even consider releasing cloned salmon into the ocean. That’s messing with the entire eco-structure and balance!
    Cloned sheep. Why?

  • Mrs. Z April 27, 2012, 9:26 am

    We are just slowly killing our own selves.


  • Jen April 27, 2012, 9:43 am

    If approved I hope they at least require that GM salmon be in confinement. I heard that if any escape it could be disastrous on the natural salmon population.

  • France @ Beyond The Peel April 27, 2012, 1:01 pm

    Why some humans think they can do a better job at creating than God is beyond me.

  • Susan April 30, 2012, 2:23 am

    Pretty soon, it’ll look like Star Trek, the Next Generation.

  • Judy@Savoring Today May 2, 2012, 10:46 pm

    Ugh, salmon too?! This kind of thing makes me crazy, gotta wonder how anyone can be okay with this. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. 🙂

  • Rebecca @ Natural Mothers Network May 3, 2012, 4:53 am

    This is so worrying- thank you for filling in the vital details and sharing this post with us on Seasonal Celebration Sunday! Rebecca @ Natural Mothers Network x

  • April @ The 21st Century Housewife May 4, 2012, 5:20 am

    I find the sort of genetic engineering and modification that is being carried out in our food chains very alarming. Thank you for sharing this very informative and interesting post.