The time is coming when genetically engineered animals could be served up on your dinner plate… but would you eat them?

The US government said it will start considering proposals to sell genetically engineered animals as food, a move that could lead to faster-growing fish, cattle that can resist mad cow disease or perhaps heart-healthier eggs laid by a new breed of chickens. (

Cockerel (the non GM variety!)Even if you didn’t want to, would you even know you were eating something cooked up in a lab?

Happily, largely thanks to the extensive and persistent lobbying of SAFeAGE, the Department of Trade and Industry has finally agreed to reinstate a clause in the draft Consumer Protection Bill, ordering the mandatory labelling of all genetically modified foods (GMOs) in South Africa (see urban sprout for more on this issue).

So, if these so-called ‘super chickens’ and their freaky modified brethren do eventually make it to our shores, at least those of us who think the notion is rather bizarre (to say the least) should be able to make up our own minds on the matter!

(photo: Andrea Kratzenberg/

By the way (disclaimer), the title of this post is not meant to imply that the fried chicken fastfood giant would necessarily choose the genetically engineered varieties of poultry to feed to their patrons… and (not that I eat KFC or any other non-free-range chicken any more) I certainly hope that they don’t.


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