Italy Moves To Ban Lab Grown Meat
Written by Pheodora Waqanibaravi on April 2, 2023
Italy’s right-wing government has backed a bill that would ban laboratory-produced meat and other synthetic foods, highlighting Italian food heritage and health protection. The farmers’ lobby praised the move, but animal welfare groups have highlighted lab-made meat as a solution to issues such as protecting the environment and food safety. The proposed bill comes on the heels of a series of government decrees banning the use of flour derived from insects, citing Italy’s Mediterranean diet as the motivation. The Italian government has approved proposals to ban synthetic foods produced from animal cells without killing the animal, and would apply to lab-produced fish and synthetic milk.