Alabama became the second state to ban lab-grown meat after Gov. Kay Ivy signed legislation that prohibits “the manufacture, sale, or distribution of food products made from cultured animal cells.”

Republicans state Sen. Jack Williams and state Rep. Danny Crawford sponsored the legislation.

The bill’s passage follows Florida passing similar legislation to outlaw lab-grown meat earlier this month.

Ron DeSantis Signs ‘First-In-The-Nation’ Legislation Banning Lab-Grown Meat In Sunshine State

“We greatly appreciate Sen. Williams and Rep. Crawford for working to protect consumers in Alabama,” Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Executive Vice President Erin Beasley said, according to AGDAILY. 

“Cattlemen work hard every day to raise cattle and produce high-quality beef. The tireless efforts of Sen. Williams and Rep. Crawford this session will ensure Alabamians continue to purchase safe, wholesome, real beef,” Beasley added.

CBS News reports:

The new law comes a week after Gov. Ron DeSantis made Florida the first state to ban the sale of so-called lab-grown meat. “We stand with agriculture, we stand with the cattle ranchers, we stand with our farmers, because we understand it’s important for the backbone of the state,” DeSantis said in a May 1 press conference, the start of National Beef Month.

“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,” the DeSantis added.

Sales of beef cattle and breeding stock generate over $900 million per year in the state, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Per AGDAILY:

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller told Texas Scorecard that he would be in favor of doing the same thing.

“I commend Governor DeSantis for signing that bill. It’s something that hopefully will start a trend. Maybe we can possibly get that through the Texas legislature,” Miller said.

While lab-grown meat has yet to hit grocery shelves, two companies (UPSIDE Foods and Eat Just) were approved to sell products in the U.S.

UPSIDE initially launched its cultivated chicken at restaurant partners, starting with Chef Dominique Crenn’s restaurant Bar Crenn in San Francisco last summer. However, the partners reportedly have gone separate ways since the launch. Meanwhile, Eat Just plans to serve its lab-grown products at José Andrés in D.C.

The decision to ban cultivated meat is still controversial, with proponents of lab-grown products arguing that bans inhibit innovation and consumer choice. Some users on Reddit call the move “anti-free market,” while others argue that cultivated meats may provide a more environmentally sound option than traditional means of raising livestock for meat. However, a recent study by the University of California Davis suggests that lab-grown meat’s carbon footprint may currently be worse than retail beef.

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