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What Is Meat? Missouri Is Working to Legislate Against Lab-Grown Alternatives

Meat Industry Hall of Fame President Chuck Jolley warned in a blog post that plant-based meat substitutes are one of the “major challenges” that the agriculture industry faces in 2018.


ZAID JILANI:
As more and more Americans are substituting meat in their diets with plant-based alternatives, Missouri lawmakers have introduced a meat industry-friendly law that would impose stringent labeling requirements for lab-grown meats. HB 2607, authored by Missouri Reps. Jeff Knight and Warren Love, would outlaw anyone from selling lab-grown meats or meat substitutes labeled as meat. Specifically, the bill “prohibits misrepresenting a product as meat that is not derived from harvested production livestock or poultry.”

Critics say the legislation, which comes at a time when meat industry representatives have cited meat substitutes as a threat to their line of work, is favorable to businesses that raise and kill animals for the purpose of consumption… Last December, Meat Industry Hall of Fame President Chuck Jolley warned in a blog post that plant-based meat substitutes are one of the “major challenges” that the agriculture industry faces in 2018…

Indeed, a growing number of Americans are choosing to adopt cruelty-free diets, becoming vegetarians and vegans. The consumer research firm GlobalData noted in a report last year that the number of Americans self-identifying as vegans was at 6 percent, up from just 1 percent in 2014. At the same time, scientific advancements mean that lab-grown meat will soon be a reality, with some experts predicting that lab-grown meats could be widely available in the near future’. SOURCE…


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