A Chinese company will put the base of a cow clone factory to support China’s beef demand is set to be the largest in the world. They say they also plan to include human cloning, one day.
The famous economist Thomas Malthus said 200 years ago that the earth will run out of food with the growth of human population. Today, with the advances in genetics and biology, this might not be an issue because it will increase exponentially, and not “arithmetical” as Malthus predicted.
The cloning factory is set to be opened in the city of Tianjin, northern China and plans to create up to 1 million cattle stock per year by 2020. The reason behind all of this is that the Chinese farms cannot cover the current demand for beef so they are looking at new solutions to solve it.
This commercial project connected scientists from Peking University’s Institute of Molecular Medicine, researchers from Tianjin Academy of Biomedical and South Korean Biotech Foundation and of course, from the company.
The cloning factory is worth $31 million and will be finished by the end of next summer. It is scheduled to “produce” 100,000 cows in the first year, rising the number up to 1 million in the next five years.
China’s beef demand is so high up to the point where they signed an export agreement with Australia to import up to 1 million heads of live stock which is worth approximately $1,5 billion. The first shipping was made earlier this month.
So this is another reason for creating the facility, that will be easier to produce their own cattle stock, than to import it from Australia.
And not only the Chinese have thought or developed such biotechnology to cover their food resources, but also the U.S. The FDS from the United States has just approved genetically engineered salmon for human consumption. It took almost 19 years for the U.S. to approve the first genetically produced animal, the salmon. It grows a lot faster than regular salmon, thanks to an inserted gene.
This is an important step for the U.S., as it imports 95% of salmon from countries like Chile or Norway. Another curiosity is that the factory which grows this salmon has only 21 employees.
The Chinese have also thought to clone racehorses, pets and primates for research purposes as they are experimenting with animal cloning since 2000.
The CEO of the company admitted that the technology for cloning humans is also there but they are “self-restrained” due to moral and ethical concerns.
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