Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration has granted approval for Bill Gates’ lab-grown “synthetic meat” to be sold in the United States for public consumption.
In an unprecedented move, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved the sale of lab-grown “chicken meat” on Wednesday.
U.S. regulators gave the go-ahead to two California-based companies – Upside Foods and Good Meat.
Upside Foods, formerly Memphis Meats, is funded by Microsoft co-founder Gates.
The approval from regulators will allow the companies to flood the U.S. food supply with their controversial products.
The companies have been racing to be the first in the U.S. to sell meat that doesn’t come from slaughtered animals.
They’ve branded this controversial new product as “cell-cultivated” or “cultured” meat.
“This announcement that we’re now able to produce and sell cultivated meat in the United States is a major moment for our company, the industry, and the food system,” said Josh Tetrick, CEO of Eat Just, Good Meat’s parent company.
While the companies and regulators claim the development is a step toward eliminating harm to animals and reducing environmental impacts, critics remain unconvinced.
“Instead of all of that land and all of that water that’s used to feed all of these animals that are slaughtered, we can do it in a different way,” Tetrick added.
These optimistic claims seem to overshadow the stark realities of this process.
Cultivated meat is developed by growing animal stem cells in a nourishing medium and a bioreactor.
The end product mimics the appearance and taste of traditional meat.
According to PBS, for Bill Gates’ Upside Food, the end product comes out in large sheets shaped into items like chicken cutlets and sausages.
Good Meat, which already sells cultivated meat in Singapore, transforms chicken cells into a variety of forms, such as cutlets, nuggets, and shredded meat.
However, the public should exercise caution before embracing this so-called “innovation.”
Not only does this advancement raise ethical and potential health concerns, but it also brings into question the sustainability of this method.
The rush to bring lab-grown meat to market may be premature without a comprehensive understanding of its long-term environmental impact, economic feasibility, and potential health risks.
As it stands, the Agriculture Department’s approval feels more like a worrying leap into the unknown, rather than a confident step forward for sustainability and animal welfare.
It remains to be seen whether consumers will readily accept meat that swaps the farmyard for the laboratory.
The meat industry and farming as a whole have come under increasing attacks over radical claims of their supposed “carbon emissions.”
As Slay News reported, the Biden administration has just signed a global agreement with 12 other nations to crack down on farming to “save the planet” from “global warming.”
The agreement, led by the United States, has been signed by several major cattle and food-producing states including Australia, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Spain.
The nations signed onto a commitment to place farmers under new restrictions to reduce emissions of methane gas.
Biden’s “climate czar” John Kerry is representing America in the pledge.
The Global Methane Hub announced in a press release that agriculture and environmental ministers and ambassadors from 13 countries, including the U.S., have signed a commitment that pledges to reduce methane emissions in agriculture.
According to the World Bank, the United Nations, the Biden admin, the World Economic Forum (WEF), and their allies, modern food production is destroying the planet by causing “global warming.”
Therefore, according to the green agenda, farming must be targeted because it produces methane which supposedly harms the environment.
In a 2021 interview with MIT Technology Review, Gates argued that “all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef” in an effort to meet the green agenda goals of the WEF.
However, as Slay News has reported, a recent study found that lab-grown “synthetic meat” is 25 times worse for the environment than traditionally farmed beef.
Experts say the carbon footprint of lab-grown meat could be “orders of magnitude higher” once the industry grows.
Meanwhile, there are also safety concerns due to the health risks associated with lab-grown “meats.”
The process involves using cancer cells from cows, chickens, and pigs to quickly grow artificial “meat.”
Some experts fear that introducing such products into the public food supply could accelerate cancers in humans.