Around 46 million Americans live in states that have introduced bills to ban cultivated meat, the latest escalation in a surprising culture war.

Unless Florida governor Ron DeSantis has an unexpected change of heart, it will soon be a crime to sell or make cultivated meat in the Sunshine State. A bill passed by the Florida House and Senate is now awaiting the signature of DeSantis, who has already indicated his opposition to what he calls “fake meat.” If he does sign the bill into law, anyone who sells, makes, or distributes cultivated meat in Florida may be subject to a fine of up to $500 and 60 days in prison.

“Beating somebody up and selling cultivated meat are the same in the eyes of the law in Florida,” says Justin Kolbeck, CEO of cultivated seafood startup Wildtype, who has been trying to persuade legislators to ease up on a number of proposed bans. As well as the Florida bill, there is also proposed legislation to ban cultivated meat in Alabama, Arizona, Kentucky, and Tennessee. If all of those bills pass—an admittedly unlikely prospect—then some 46 million Americans will be cut off from accessing a form of meat that many hope will be significantly kinder to the planet and animals.

The wave of proposed legislation, including very strict labeling laws, may come as a surprise given that cultivated meat isn’t on sale anywhere in the US at the moment. Floridians were already very unlikely to get their hands on a cultivated chicken cutlet, but the proposed ban shuts off that option altogether. “It is really significant. And to prohibit a food before it’s on the market for that whole population, before they’ve had a chance to try it and see if they want to buy it, feels absurd,” says Jessica Almy, senior vice president of policy at the Good Food Institute, a nonprofit that lobbies for alternatives to animal protein.

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      yay, another article that uses the term “slammed”

      It’s just more war on innovation to keep the status quo. The farmers grow the crops with government subsidy to feed the cattle to sell the beef to restaurants to fatten more people up and further prop up private healthcare and pharma subscription treatments (wegovy anyone?)

      Heaven forbid anything change. It’s important that big farm gets their subsidies and that americans use animal suffering for their profit because that’s the way it’s always been.

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        What’s especially stupid is that dietary choice is not entirely a left-right thing, but the likes of DeSatan sure do try…

        Remember the Nazis making a big deal of guzzling milk, because “superior race”, lol. Also, they did make a big deal of “soy boy” (as if being veg*n and/or drinking soy means you are not “manly”, lol).

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    Instead of lab grown meat they want meat grown in the most deplorable conditions with 14 year olds working there.

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      You forgot to add “where they get all the profits.” It’s the exact same play that big oil used to slow down the roll out of renewables and EVs.

      “New thing bad, our thing good, new thing unamerican, our thing patriotic, new thing poison, our thing delicious”
      -meat companies probably

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      Yeah. Every time I see an article like this where a bunch of states are being authoritarian shit holes I check and an always relieved my state isn’t included.

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        My birth state is usually on the list but fortunately not usually as early or as draconian as the others while still being terrible. Florida, Texas Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri, Tennessee, and at least one the Carolina’s are usually the most crazy in that order. Praise the gods for Atlanta

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      Explains why they don’t want the lab-grown stuff. Upside, maybe if we grow brains for the meat so it can suffer they’ll let it go back on sale. Then we can grow brains for the Republicans too, and shortly thereafter we won’t have any more Republicans.

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      Like the posh kids at school and their supporters think they’re part of the club.

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    One second, let me try to recreate Ron “I lost a presidential bid to an orangutan” Desantis’s thought process:

    Inhale

    WE HAVE TO BAN FAKE MEAT BECAUSE ITS MADE BY LIBERAL WOKE COMMUNIST SCIENTISTS THAT WILL LACE IT WITH TRANSGENDERISM AND TURN OUR KIDS GAY OUR REAL AMERICAN KIDS SHOULD ONLY EAT REAL AMERICAN MEAT

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go disinfect my mouth

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    Woohoo freedom and small government

    If it doesn’t cause a level of pain and psychological torment to an animal that would drive a human to suicide, it ain’t real meat

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    Like all right-wing culture wars, it just happens to align with the interests of billion dollar industries. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.