Friday, January 27, 2012

Okla. Legislator Saves Us From Fetus Burgers

This has been all over the news, but I have to note here the story about Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey, who has introduced a bill that would prohibit the sale or manufacture of food or products which contain aborted human fetuses. 

This is obviously a great idea, since who in the world would want that in their food? Of course, I doubt anything on the Safeway shelves has any pieces of aborted fetus, given the yuck factor and the really, really substantial ethical issues associated with it.
This man, Ralph Shortey, might save us from the
yuckiness of aborted fetuses in food.

Still, I guess you can't be too careful. Says Shortey: “There is a potential that there are companies that are using aborted human babies in their research and development of basically enhancing flavor for artificial flavors.”

Apparently, Shortey read something on the Internet, where this here blog thingamjig is, that some company called Senomyx is using aborted embryonic create isolated human taste receptors, whatever that sentence means.

And of course you have to believe everything that's on the Internet. If it's in words, it's true, right?.

Well, Shortey said he's done some digging on this, and he doesn't believe everything on the Internet, which is a relief.  He also says he doesn't mind the ridicule, because people who raise seemingly nonsensical issues are often proved right, and the laughing stops

No word from Senomyx on what's going on, at least there's nothing on their Web site, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says they're not aware of this.

I would certainly hope the FDA would be aware of this, if it is going on. 

I also hope our state legislators save us from other perils out there. And the way to do that is to pass laws, to make sure those wascally wabbits don't hurt us.

Here in Vermont, I'm going to lobby my local legislators to pass laws outlawing purple monkeys from walking along my street. I also want them to ban square hailstones in thunderstorms. And I think we need a law that would bar space aliens from abducting anyone with the letter Q in their name.

Because we have to protect ourselves from such things before they happen. 

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