ALEX COHEN, host:
To find out how the FDA's decision will impact the cattle industry, we go now to Bob Schauf. He is a dairy farmer in Barron, Wisconsin, and he cloned his prize-winning milk cow. Her name is Black Rose.
Can you tell me a little bit about this cow, Black Rose? Why did you clone her?
Mr. BOB SCHAUF (Dairy Farmer): She was kind of a - one of those once in a lifetime individuals. She had tremendous worldwide demand for her genetics.
COHEN: So what's your reaction now? The FDA says it's - you know, they don't see any safety hazards with drinking the milk or eating the meat of cloned cows. And up until now you had to keep Black Rose's cloned milk separate. Now you might not have to. What's your reaction?
Mr. SCHAUF: You know, these animals, people have to understand the process of cloning. I mean, there's been some great documentaries done that have dug into depth and explained this. And it's really unfortunate that education wasn't made known to everyone in the media and the public. There been an over-reaction. I think there's other things worse. Hormones and milk and things are much worst than the cloning issue.
I think as far as the FDA - you know, they have had stand for a while. We know the milk is safe, but it's the public's perception of milk from a clone, you know? They've been fed I don't know what. They (unintelligible) idea that this is some weird animal from outer space or something, I'm not sure.
COHEN: Well, I think, you know, the line that I keep hearing is messing with Mother Nature. I think there is kind of this feeling of, you know what, that is not within our hands to be kind of playing around with nature in this way. So how do you get people to overcome that kind of icky feeling in their gut that, eh, this isn't right?
Mr. SCHAUF: I understand the cloning procedure. I say that - I always say that God gave man dominion over the animals, and that's where it ends. I mean I obviously do not believe that it's meant for humans and to take it any further. But it's research, it's a viable option to keep something special in a genetic pool, to improve the Holstein breed or Jersey breed or whatever breed of cattle you're working with to enhance a product that ultimately is used for our betterment - human consumption or whatever.
COHEN: Have you taken any - you know, personally - any steps to try to sell this? Have you gone to your local supermarket with freshly baked cookies and some cloned cow milk to try to help sell the product?
Mr. SCHAUF: Well, we've had numerous people come out with TV cameras and interviews. And you know, before these people are gone, I can't think of one of them that hasn't drank milk out of our refrigerator, that we keep the milk from the clones for our own use and our hired help and so on. They - that's the table milk we drink.
I think after people are introduced to our clones, they - we talk about how all these clones is actually made. They understand the whole process. I mean, like I said, they're drinking milk and eating meat before they leave the place. I can't think of one interview or people from wherever they came from haven't tried it. You cannot tell the difference.
COHEN: Bob Schauf is a dairy farmer in Barron, Wisconsin. Thanks.
Mr. SCHAUF: You're welcome.
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