Gov. DeSantis Supports Ban on Lab-Grown Meat in Florida
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has expressed his support for legislative measures aimed at preventing lab-grown or “cultivated” meat from being produced or sold within the state.
Speaking at the South Florida State College Hardee Campus, Governor DeSantis emphasized the importance of traditional meat and stated that Florida would continue to have real meat, not artificial alternatives.
The proposed ban is part of bills HB 1071 and SB 1084, which also encompass various changes related to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Ron DeSantis supports cracking down on lab-grown meat as lawmakers consider bill to ban it:
BREAKING: Gov. Ron DeSantis supports cracking down on lab-grown meat as lawmakers consider bill to ban it
“You need meat. OK? We’re gonna have meat in Florida […] We’re gonna have fake meat? That doesn’t work. We’re gonna make sure to do it right.” pic.twitter.com/8KkG4b0mMD
— Florida’s Voice (@FLVoiceNews) February 2, 2024
Cultivated meat involves a process where a small number of animal cells are grown in controlled environments to produce food.
Industry representatives have highlighted that this method has undergone rigorous scrutiny by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ensure safety.
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Supporters of the ban argue that it aims to safeguard Florida’s cattle industry, while House bill sponsor Danny Alvarez, R-Hillsborough County, has raised concerns about food safety, citing significant uncertainties and the absence of long-term studies regarding lab-grown meat.