China to open cloning factory to produce more cattle

China to open cloning factory to produce more cattle

China is planning to open a 'cloning factory' which will aim to produce one million calves and other animals a year, including family pets.The £21m plant is backed by Chinese and South Korean biotechnology firms and will include cloning laboratories and a gene bank, Chinese news agencies reported.It will be based in the northern port of Tianjin and begin production next year, with an initial capacity of 100,00 cattle embryos a year, eventually raising to 1 million."Chinese farmers are struggling to produce enough beef cattle to meet market demand," said Boyalife chairman Xu Xiaochun.The European Parliament recently beefed up the Commission's initial proposals to ban animal cloning.

Friday, 27 November 2015 Written by: Giulia Moi Posted in: Agriculture and Rural Development, Latest news, Newsroom, 2015, November, Giulia Moi

Cloning for food: MEPs vote on plans to ban the practice

Cloning for food: MEPs vote on plans to ban the practice

Should cloning for food be banned because of animal welfare concerns? On Tuesday 8 September MEPs debate and vote on amendments to a European Commission proposal to ban the cloning of farm animals in the EU. The MEPs in charge of steering the plans through Parliament support the ban, but want to add provisions on the offspring of cloned animals and the marketing of their products coming from countries outside the EU.

Monday, 07 September 2015 Written by: Giulia Moi Posted in: Agriculture and Rural Development, Latest news, Newsroom, 2015, September, Giulia Moi

The ban on placing animal clones or their offspring on the EU market is a red line for us

Ban not just animal cloning, but cloned food, feed and imports too

The ban on placing animal clones or their offspring on the EU market is a red line for us

A draft law to ban the cloning of all farm animals, their descendants and products derived from them, including imports, in the EU was voted by the Environment and Agriculture committees on Wednesday. MEPs beefed up the European Commission’s initial proposal, citing high mortality rates at all development stages of cloning and EU citizens’ animal welfare and ethical concerns.

Thursday, 18 June 2015 Written by: Giulia Moi Posted in: Agriculture and Rural Development, Latest news, Newsroom, 2015, June, Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Giulia Moi