IFOAM EU Group position
IFOAM EU Group calls for ban on the cloning of animals for food production, and on the import and sale of imported food products from cloned animals and their offsprings as well as the import of semen and embryos of cloned animals.
IFOAM EU Group communications on animals cloning
October 15, 2010 -NGOs letter from NGOs to MEP Kartika Tamara Liotard on animal cloning
29, 2010 - IFOAM EU Group letter on the novel food
(nanotechnology, cloning, GMO)
5, 2009 - IFOAM EU Group letter on nanotechnology
June 23, 2009 - IFOAM EU Group press release: Council should
step back on meat from cloned animals
March 4, 2008 - IFOAM EU Group and other NGOs letter on cloning of the animals
EU intitution documents
REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL on animal cloning for food production COM(2010) 585 final (19.10.2010)
Ban of animal cloning in organic regulation (EC) No 834/2007
Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 stays in livestock production rules Article 14.1c(iii): "other forms of artificial reproduction, such as cloning and embryo transfer, shall not be used;" and in aquaculture animals production rules in Article 15.1c(i): "artificial
induction of polyploidy, artificial hybridisation, cloning and
production of monosex strains, except by hand sorting, shall not be
"Since 1991, the EU has in place a legislative framework relating to the practice of organic farming. At first the organic Regulation only regulated plant products. Additional provisions for the production of animal products were later introduced.
These rules included animal feed, prevention of illness, veterinary treatment, animal protection, livestock breeding in general and the use of livestock manure.With regard to breeding, the Regulation states that reproduction shall take place using natural methods. However artificial insemination is allowed, but any other form of artificial reproduction, such as cloning and embryo transfer, shall not be used. The use of inducing treatments with hormones or similar substances is forbidden, unless in the form of therapeutic treatment for an individual animal.
The EU framework on organic farming provides for the guarantee that food is obtained from animals bred without the use of any "non-traditional breeding method" such as cloning or embryo transfer." (above text copied form above mentioned Commsison report of 19.10.2010)