Next year marks the grand opening of the world’s largest cloning factory, set to open in the Chinese port city of Tianjin in collaboration with Chinese biotechnology firm Boyalife and South Korean research company Sooam Biotech, reports CBS News.
The factory is expected to clone cattle used for beef, which means we could very well be seeing cloned meat on our tabled in a matter of years.
According to CBS, Xu Xiaochun, the board chairman of Boyalife Group explains the center is expected to produce 100,000 cattle embryos a year, working its way up to one million cows to help struggling farmers who fail to meet the market demand for beef.
WHAT?! CLONING CATTLE?!?!?? EW??? Why would anyone eat cloned meat!??
— Adeline Tan (@addie_ble) November 24, 2015
While many people are skeptic of eating cloned food, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration determined that cloned meat was safe to eat back in 2008; meanwhile, Europe opted to outlaw cloned farm animals back in September.
I find it really terrifying how people might eat cloned animal meat in the future.
— Lily Hwang (@lolitslilaaaay) November 30, 2015
In addition to the cattle, China plans on cloning racehorses and dogs to be sold as pets and police animals.
[via CBS News]