It’s nothing new for China to meddle with genetics however, her latest endeavors is looking to meddle on a rather majestic scale. China is currently building the world’s largest cloning factory in Tianjin. The facility is set to start the much controversial operation by mid-2016. The cloning factory is being built at a cost of US$500 million. It is said to be the largest cloning factory in the world, and will focus primarily on cloning cattle embryos. Also under cloning would be racehorses and sniffer dogs. World’s largest cloning factory in Tianjin, China will clone an estimated 1 million cattle embryos per year.
The facility is being built on a 14,000 square meter area. The project is led by a company called Boyalife Group. Initially, the factory is expected to produce 100,000 cattle embryos per year. This number will gradually increase to 1 million. The CEO of the company Xu Xiaochun said,
Clone technology is already around us. It’s just that not everyone knows about it. and I can tell you all that cloned beef is the tastiest beef I have ever had… One reason we have so much low-quality beef is because we haven’t applied clone technology. This is the only way to allow Chinese and many other people in the world to enjoy high-quality beef in an efficient manner.
Apart from beef production, the cloning factory will indulge in cloning a whole host of other animals. Dogs and horses as mentioned above, but even pets and endangered species in the coming year. Xu thinks that cloning would help saving endangered species from becoming extinct, and he is quite right from a theoretical standpoint. He said, “This is going to change our lives. It is going to make our life better. So we are very, very excited about it.”
Cloning animals for meat and dairy production is not common around the world. Primarily, because there are a host of legalities involved. For example, in the US and UK, special permits are required for cloning, and even then, it is largely used for breeding and not food. Experts around the world are skeptical about this Chinese cloning factory produce. Many think that the entire process is not cost-effective and expenses incurred will not be recovered, and they may be right. An analyst at Beijing Orient Agribusiness Consultant, Ma Wenfeng said,
I think clone technology can be used for endangered species, but it’s not very necessary for animal husbandry. I don’t think this will be very economical, and I doubt this model will take off any time soon.
Given how prices for dairy animals is skyrocketing around the globe, cloning them will definitely not be economical. If anything, dairy products from cloned animals will be much expensive.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.