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A second state bans cultured meat. That’s coming up in This Land of Ours.

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Alabama is now the second state in the country to ban the sale of cultured meat. Last week, Governor Kay Ivey signed SB23 into law, making the production, sale or distribution of food products produced from cultured animal cells a Class C misdemeanor beginning October 1.

Under the bill, civil penalties could range from $100 for a Class 2 violation to $10,000 for a Class 5 violation for food retail establishments that violate the bill’s provisions. However, Feedstuffs says the legislation does not prevent any federal institution of higher education or any individual working with a state agency or institution of higher education from conducting research on the production of cultivated food products in Alabama.

Alabama’s ban follows Florida’s legal precedent earlier this month. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says his state will increase meat production and encourage residents to consume 100 percent real beef.

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Sabrina Halvorson
National Correspondent / AgNet Media, Inc.

Sabrina Halvorson is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and public speaker specializing in agriculture. She reports primarily on legislative issues and hosts the podcast The AgNet News Hour and The AgNet Weekly. Sabrina was born in California’s agriculturally rich Central Valley.