These States Are Fighting Hard AGAINST Lab Grown Meat, Find Out Why...

By Jennifer Wentworth | Monday, 13 May 2024 11:10 PM
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In a groundbreaking scientific achievement, mankind has successfully engineered lab-grown meat, a product that mirrors the appearance, cooking properties, and taste of conventional meat, all without the need for animal slaughter.

However, this innovation is facing potential bans in several states across the United States, following the precedent set by Alabama.

In March, Alabama's legislative body enacted a law prohibiting the sale or development of lab-grown meat, also known as "cultivated meat," within the state. This move echoes a similar ban implemented by Italy's parliament last year, which was justified as a measure to shield farmers from competition. As of mid-March, Arizona, Florida, and Tennessee are also considering bans on cultivated meat, with relevant bills currently under review in their respective state legislatures. On a national level, a bipartisan bill has been introduced in Congress aiming to prevent lab-grown meat from being served in public school cafeterias.

David Voorman, a Vice President at Food Solutions Action, a political action committee advocating for meat alternatives, criticizes these legislative efforts. "These misguided and short-sighted bills will kill innovation in a vital and growing biotech sector," Voorman says. "Consumer freedom, consumer choice, and free market principles are also lost when lawmakers decide they know what's best."

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The primary motivations behind these potential bans appear to be an exaggerated fear of competition for farmers and a misunderstanding of the production process of cultivated meat. Despite a limited launch in select restaurants in early 2023, cultivated meat is currently unavailable anywhere in the United States. Nevertheless, this has not deterred certain politicians from pushing for its prohibition.

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis expressed his disapproval of lab-grown meat during a February press conference, stating, "We're going to have fake meat? That doesn't work. There's a whole ideological agenda that's coming after, I think, a lot of important parts of our society."

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Alabama State Senator Jack Williams, who sponsored the state's ban, voiced his concerns about the perceived chemical content of cultivated meat to local news station NBC 15. "I watch all the chemicals that are put in meats today, and everything else," Williams said. "The people I represent, we don't want this meat coming to Alabama and being in our stores."

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Voorman counters these concerns, stating, "Cultivated meat is bio-identical to farmed, slaughtered meat in all of the ways that matter. We've seen a troubling rise in state lawmakers attacking the cultivated meat industry under the false premise of safety concerns, but consumers see these bills for what they really are…protectionist measures that needlessly impede food innovation."

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