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Some Member States express concerns about cultured meat

European Union

Jan 30, 2024

In a note presented at the Agriculture Ministers meeting on Tuesday, 23 January, Austria, France and Italy, along with nine other countries (Czech Republic, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Malta, Romania and Slovakia), raised questions on the potential impact of “cell-based food production practices” under ethical, economic, sustainability, transparency, social and legal aspects.

The note says that "these practices represent a threat to primary farm-based approaches and genuine food production methods that are at the very heart of the European farming model".

The note fails to recognise that there are several studies showing the sustainability potential of cultivated meat such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which has clearly recognised cellular agriculture for its ability to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions from food production while requiring less land and water, addressing concerns over animal welfare.

Responding to the concerns of a majority of member states on the potential impacts of the technology, Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said that the EU is on “very solid ground” regarding risk assessment and labelling.

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