Florida’s ban on cultivated meat sacrifices conservative principles for culture war points

Source: Orange County Register
by Jacob Sullum

“It is not yet clear whether the alternative protein products known variously as ‘lab-grown,’ ‘cell-cultivated’ or ‘cultured’ meat will deliver the environmental benefits touted by their boosters or when they will be appealing and cheap enough to be competitive with conventional poultry, beef and pork. But Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis already has made up his mind, deeming these products so repellent that selling them should be a crime. When he signed the nation’s first ban on cultivated meat last week, DeSantis said he was ‘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.’ That bizarre, Orwellian spin, which portrays legal restrictions on consumer choice as a blow against authoritarianism, illustrates how right-wing virtue signaling — in this case reinforced by protectionism — compromises conservative principles by turning even activities as mundane as a trip to the supermarket into a political issue.” (05/09/24)