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

"We need to take into account the impact on animal health, but also on human health"

EP wants animal cloning ban extended to offspring and imports

Parliament beefed up the Commission’s initial proposal to ban animal cloning to include the cloning of all farm animals, their descendants and products derived from them, including imports into the EU, in a vote on Tuesday. The legislative report was adopted by 529 votes to 120, with 57 abstentions. "We need to take into account the impact on animal health, but also on human health,” said the agriculture committee co-rapporteur, Giulia Moi (EFDD, IT).

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 Written by: Giulia Moi Posted in: Latest news, Newsroom, 2015, September, Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, 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