Statement by Caren Wilcox
Executive Director and CEO, Organic Trade Association
“The Organic Trade Association (OTA) only supports the use of natural processes for breeding and raising animals in the organic system,” said Caren Wilcox, Executive Director of OTA. “We have never supported cloning as a part of the organic process. Organic animal products will not come from cloned animals. Consumers who seek to avoid cloned meat, dairy or other animal products should look for the organic label on products.”
The National Organic Standards enforced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture require that organisms be developed and grown by systems that must be compatible with natural conditions and processes - including the breeding and raising of animals for meat and for dairy or other animal production. (See 7 CFR 205.2 Definitions Excluded Methods.) Cloning is inconsistent with the National Organic Standards.