There've been a scattering of news stories since the FDA declared cloned food safe to eat. It doesn't appear that the announcement has changed anybody's mind, but that's pretty typical of our non-scientific age. If you were queasy about cloned food to begin with, you tend to be dismissive of the FDA (what do they know?); and if you were inclined to think that cloned food isn't a problem, you take the FDA announcement as proof of your position (so there!). But was there anyone, anywhere, thinking, "Well, I'm not sure about the safety of cloned food. I guess I'll wait to see what the scientists at the FDA say, and then I'll make up my mind." We're in an age where we make up our minds first, based on vague feelings and the punditry of those we feel most closely aligned to, and then we interpret or dismiss the evidence to suit those beliefs.
I wonder if the woman on the NPR story who expressed her discomfort with cloned food in typically vague and emotional terms eats mass-market chicken. And if she does, whether she has any clue at all about how those chickens are grown. Those birds certainly bear less resemblance to the chickens pecking around the feet of Auntie Em in Kansas than the cloned cattle will bear to the animals that they're cloned from. That anyone would think that the non-cloned versions of mass-market meat proteins are any more natural than the cloned versions seems to stem from ignorance and a romantic nostalgia for what farming has not been in several decades.
I suppose that one could object to cloned food on the principle that cloning itself is a bad thing, although again, the root of this objection can't be scientific. And that one would object in principle to cloning food animals, but not be concerned about what we do in slaughterhouses and chicken factories strikes me as another bit of cognitive disconnect.
I say this as a confirmed carnivore who rarely eats a vegetarian meal. I may be uncomfortable with the ethical conundrums surrounding the way that we produce meat in the 21st century, but I still make the choice to eat it. I do try to be aware of what really goes into the food that I eat so that at least I'm making informed choices. Living in the modern world is an ethical minefield where one is never entirely sure whether or not bits and pieces of your value system haven't already been blown off, and you didn't realize it because you weren't paying the right kind of attention.
As Dylan says in Brownsville Girl, "People don't do what they believe in, they just do what's most convenient, then they repent."