What Are the Advantages of Cloning in Agriculture?

Cloning is a controversial issue, from human genomes to Dolly the Sheep. However, cloning in agriculture does have its advantages, though at the present time it is not fully approved by the FDA.

Definition of clone
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A cloned plant can yield a thousand new plants from one parent plant. This means that farmers can produce more crops without a lot of seeds.


Cloning a plant means you can choose the best plants to clone. An entire crop of healthy, prosperous plants can be cloned from one strong parent plant.


Cloned plants grow at the same rate, so harvesting can become streamlined.

Better Breeding

In animal cloning, the best of the breed can be chosen as the clone subject. This means farmers can have the strongest or best producing animals on their farms.

Food Options

So far, the FDA has stated that cloned food would be perfectly safe for humans to eat. They have not, however, finalized a ruling to allow cloned food on the market.