I think the idea is that you could clone high value animals with good genetics and implant them in host mothers. That way you get 10,000 copies of the 4H milk cow of the century instead of just one.
Also the government doesn’t want human cloning because the religious think god will explode or something. More likely they’re afraid that when cloned babies are normal and healthy, people will take it as evidence that the soul and god don’t exist.
The good about cloning: the 10,000 copies of supercow or, say, every edible strain of apple (they don’t grow true to seed).
The bad: lack of natural selection and mutations that could bring something better. Plus, if that supercow is prone to a certain disease, then all those supercows die the same way. Like a supercow potato famine, which is a great band name, now that I see it.
Is there a standard suite of tests done on meat to verify if it’s safe? Like, for instance, if a new type of hybrid animal is bred in the old-fashioned way? Unless I hear a good reason why these tests are inadequate against a cloned animal, I see no reason to worry about it.
This is all very alduous huxley for me…but I am sure I’ve eaten cloned things before. It doesn’t matter much to me whether it’s a cloned tomato or a cloned Angus - it’s still cloning a sentient being either way.