Meat & Livestock News

Florida Legislature Votes to Prohibit Cultivated Meat


  • Florida’s legislature has passed a bill banning the commercial production and sale of cultivated meat, marking a first in the nation.
  • The bill, SB 1084, still permits scientific research on cultivated meat.
  • Critics argue the ban shields traditional agriculture from competition, while supporters claim it upholds the quality of local agricultural products.

In a landmark decision, Florida’s representatives have cast their votes, with an 86-27 majority, to enact the country’s first comprehensive ban on the commercial creation and distribution of cultivated meat. This move encapsulated within the broader legislative framework of SB 1084, was decided in a Wednesday vote by the House.

While the bill introduces a prohibition on this alternative protein source, it notably leaves room for continued scientific exploration within the emerging sector.

The bill’s detractors have voiced concerns, suggesting that this prohibition merely safeguards established agricultural interests against a hypothetical challenge, rather than addressing any tangible threat.

Conversely, Rep. Danny Alvarez, the bill’s proponent, articulated his support by highlighting Florida’s robust agricultural sector, emphasising its capability to supply ample, high-quality beef and other agricultural products without needing cultivated meat alternatives.
Having successfully passed through the Senate the preceding week, the legislation now advances to Governor Ron DeSantis’ desk for final approval. Given the Governor’s outspoken endorsement of the bill, its enactment into law is anticipated, reinforcing Florida’s commitment to traditional agricultural practices while navigating the complexities of food innovation and sustainability.