Two bills introduced into the Arizona Legislature may signal that the 2024 sessions of those “Laboratories of Democracy” will be something of an “alt-meat” grinder. Arizona State Rep. David Marshall, R-Snowflake, and four co-sponsors have introduced House Bill 2121, prohibiting cell-cultured animal products. HB2121 prohibits anyone in Arizona from offering to sell or produce a cell-cultured animal product (lab-grown meat) for human consumption. The state is authorized to impose a civil penalty on violators of not more than $25,000 in addition to attorney fees and costs with total actual damages not to exceed $100,000. Further, Bill BB2121 allows a “person or organization whose business is adversely affected by a violation” to file a civil action for declaratory and injunctive relief and actual damages “against the person that violates this section.” If these bills pass, Arizona may be joining Italy by banning lab-grown meat.
In the meantime, Italy has banned cultivated meat production to protect its traditions. The ban was adopted by the Italian Parliament, 159 to the 53. “Italy is the world’s first country safe from the social and economic risks of synthetic food,” said the country’s Agriculture Minister Francesco Lollobrigida.
What makes us excited about these potential bills is that hopefully these types of bills will raise awareness as to the ramifications of growing lab-grown meat. Banning lab-grown meat would certainly be a step in the right direction for your health and the health of the planet and here is why.
With its approval for sale in the US last November, lab-grown meat is being hailed in the mainstream media as a solution to global hunger while reducing the environmental impact of traditional animal farming. (Lab-grown Chicken was later approved in March). But what if it isn’t safe, and what if its carbon footprint exceeds that of grass-fed animals?
Lab-grown meat is created by cultivating animal cells in a controlled environment. While the appeal of being able to eat meat without actually having to kill animals may be compelling, the environmental, ethical, and nutritional claims shake out to be lacking in substance. You really don’t want to know how this sausage is made. (Unless you do; then watch this clip of Stephanie Seneff PhD. On The New MDS explaining the process.
The use of growth factors, media, and scaffolding materials in the lab-grown meat production process raises questions about the possible accumulation of toxins. These questions have not been addressed with long-term testing. For example, some of the same concerns surrounding “Impossible” meatless products also apply to this new generation of fake meat. Studies have shown statistically significant changes in the blood that can indicate the onset of inflammation or kidney disease and possible signs of anemia in the rats who consumed the Impossible “meat.”
Due to the costs of chemicals and substances such as fetal bovine serum (FBS) involved in the production—so much for the cruelty-free aspirations—the economic viability of lab-grown meat is not likely to be a reality. Just one pound of lab-grown meat would cost around $40 per pound at the grocery store. According to David Humbird, DWH Process Consulting, “The Capital‐ and operating‐cost analyses of conceptual cell‐mass production facilities indicate economics that would likely preclude the affordability of their products as food.”
But wouldn’t addressing climate change, as we’re told lab meat achieves, be worth the cost? So far, this lab-cultured meat turns out to be no more environmentally friendly than its industrialized meat counterpart. While the factory farms industry couldn’t be further from the regenerative agricultural practices organizations like Moms Across America push them to adopt.. A recent study from the University of California, Davis, found that lab-grown meat’s carbon footprint is potentially greater than retail beef.
We will keep a close eye on these Bills and keep you informed. In the meantime, help us raise awareness about the misleading information being presented by these corporations who do you have your best interest at heart. They put profit before people and these lab-grown meats are just another example of the ridiculous and dangerous tactics corporations, some of which are funded by Bill Gates, use to manipulate the public. Stay informed! We will do our best to help!
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