Florida in the Right to Ban Meat Grown in Labs

Florida in the Right to Ban Meat Grown in Labs

This week, Florida banned lab-grown meat, a decision many commentators criticized as a silly free market encroachment. Still, the Sunshine State’s policy protects an industry that employs hundreds of thousands of individuals from destruction. 

While it isn’t yet a widely available commercial product, lab-grown meat is grown from existing animal cells and is seen widely as the future of food production. Product advocates say it isn’t different from farm-grown beef and that reducing carbon emissions contributing to climate change is necessary.

The push for meat grown in a lab is additionally seen as a project of the global elite, embodied by the World Economic Forum, which has advanced numerous ideas to change the type of food people drastically consume. The most famous of these is calling for insects to be an essential of human diets to curb climate change.

The consumption of insects aside, the proliferation of lab-grown meat will have far-reaching effects that devastate whole communities that depend on cattle farming.

Cattle ranchers joined GOP Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida at a press conference to sign the bill. The governor singled out the ranchers as deserving of support.

“In the state of Florida, we’ve put down the marker very clearly: We stand with agriculture,” said the governor. “We stand with the cattle ranchers. We stand with our farmers. Because we understand it’s important for the backbone of the state. It’s important for the culture. It’s important for our heritage.”

The Florida governor also took a shot at the forces pushing for lab-grown meat, saying, “Today, Florida is fighting back against the global elite’s plan to force the world to eat meat grown in a petri dish or bugs to achieve their authoritarian goals.”

Although the World Economic Forum is easy to villainize, banning meat grown in a lab is a good policy because it protects the farming industry from the “technological advancement” that threatens its existence and, with it, the livelihoods of whole communities.”

People settle in locations where they can provide for their families—places that offer jobs that pay well in stable industries. This ensures that communities have long-lasting roots that can last for generations.

When a community’s economic engine is taken away, socioeconomic destitution sets in while families break apart and capital declines. Those who choose to remain in the community look increasingly to ill-conceived and desperate means to provide for their basic needs. One must only look to the old Midwest steel towns to see what a massive loss of industry can do to a community.

By banning the sale of lab-grown meat in the Sunshine State, DeSantis is ensuring that communities that rely on the farming industry for survival will endure for generations. It’s good policy and a model that more states should follow.