In China, a factory to produce meat by cloning cattle

Within 7 months in China, the Boyalife group will have the largest animal cloning establishment in the world, a real “meat factory”. According to the president of the Chinese group based in Wuxi, in the Chinese province of Jiangsu, a factory should produce 100 embryos of cloned cows annually before reaching a production of one million cattle per year.

Un agreement was signed in 2015, between Boyalife Group, Tianjin International Academy of Biotechnology and Medicine, South Korea Sooam Biotechnology Research Foundation and Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Zone for injection of 200 million RMB (29 million €) in the company Yingke Boya Gene Technology. This investment should make it possible to establish a 15 m² laboratory, an animal facility, a gene bank storing up to 000 million frozen cells and a scientific exhibition center.

The logic of the partners in this project is relentless: "Chinese farmers have difficulty producing enough beef cows to meet market demand" so let's make "meat" factories. In social networks, people question the method and the willingness of the Chinese to eat cloned meat. But the proponents of industrial agriculture have nothing to do with these procrastination of “future” customers. However, the fact that this factory is going to be built in the port city of Tianjin where explosions occurred deadly in a site storing chemicals raises doubts, especially since food scandals are recurrent in China.

This "meat factory" is expected to clone cattle, racehorses and dogs. The company will have a laboratory, a center for cloned animals, a gene bank and an exhibition hall. Yet New Zealand researchers have shown that cloned cattle are prone to chronic diseases. The first cloned sheep, Dolly, died at age 6 while a sheep lives between 10 and 11 years. There are strong doubts related to early aging, the development of degenerative diseases, the genetic consequences of cloning. The promoters of cloning present this as a possibility to save endangered species and therefore to preserve biodiversity. Maybe these researchers will give life to a mammoth, leading us to believe that Jurassic Park will one day become real.

However, as with work on GMOs, cloning does not respect biodiversity. It jostles it, mistreats it, uses it for basely mercantile ends, as this industrialization of beef production proves. It no longer has anything to do with respect for nature, for creation. Instead of taking care of it, she exploits life!

Nathanael Bechdolff

Source: Les Echos newspaper

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