Gov. DeSantis outlaws cultivated meat in Florida

The Florida governor says his administration will “continue to focus on investing in our local farmers and ranchers.”

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that would ban the creation and sale of cultivated meat in the state.

“Today, Florida is fighting back against the global elite’s plan to force the world to eat meat grown in a petri dish,” DeSantis said. “Our administration will continue to focus on investing in our local farmers and ranchers, and we will save our beef.”

SB 1084 was signed into law by DeSantis on May 1 at a farm in Hardee County. The portion of the bill that involved cultivated meat would make it “unlawful for any person to manufacture, sell, hold or offer for sale, or distribute cultivated meat in this state.”

A business found in violation of this law would be subjected to disciplinary action and could have its license suspended. A person found guilty of this would be guilty of a second-degree misdemeanor.

The bill also states that products found to be in violation would be subjected to a stop-sale order.

The new law has the full support of Florida Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson.

“Florida is taking a tremendous step in the right direction by signing first-in-the-nation legislation banning lab-grown meat. We must protect our incredible farmers and the integrity of American agriculture. Lab-grown meat is a disgraceful attempt to undermine our proud traditions and prosperity, and is in direct opposition to authentic agriculture,” said Simpson.

Among those present for the signing ceremony were representatives from Florida Cattlemen’s Association and a local FFA chapter.

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