DeSantis bans lab-grown meat in Florida to boost agricultural industry

“Global elites want to control our behavior and push a diet of petri dish meat and bugs on Americans,” DeSantis said.

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC
On Wednesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 1084 into law, making his state the first in the nation to ban lab-grown meat.

He touted the move as a step in the right direction amid an elite-driven push to abandon what has been a staple of the human diet for thousands of years in favor of laboratory-concocted alternatives, adding that Florida is actually "increasing meat production."

The bill seeks to protect farmers and consumers alike by "prohibiting the manufacture for sale, sale, holding or offering for sale, or distribution of cultivated meat in this state," as well as "providing criminal penalties" and "disciplinary action and additional licensing penalties" against those who violate the law.


"Global elites want to control our behavior and push a diet of petri dish meat and bugs on Americans," DeSantis wrote in a post on X. "Florida is saying no. I was proud to sign SB 1084 to keep lab grown meat out of Florida and prioritize our farmers and ranchers over the agenda of elites and the World Economic Forum."

DeSantis' move earned the respect of many, including Democratic senator John Fetterman.

"Pains me deeply to agree with Crash-and-Burn Ron, but I co-sign this," he wrote. "As a member of [Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee] and as some dude who would never serve that slop to my kids, I stand with our American ranchers and farmers."

In a statement, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson called lab-grown meat "a disgraceful attempt to undermine our proud traditions and prosperity," suggesting it existed "in direct opposition to authentic agriculture."

"I applaud Governor DeSantis, Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, House Speaker Paul Renner, Senator Jay Collins, and Representative Danny Alvarez for standing up for Florida’s farmers and consumers," he added. "Together, we will keep Florida’s agricultural industry strong and thriving."


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