2019-02-16 Can Lab Grown Meat Be Called Meat?

Lab grown meat. Plant based meats. Can these products be called meat? Cattle ranchers, chicken farmers, and other stalwarts of the traditional meat industry say no. But calling these foods something else could confuse consumers. Many of them look like meat and taste like meat (well, close anyway). As meat alternatives flood the marketplace, from burgers to cutlets, the debate over what to call these foods rages on. The U.S. Agriculture Department has yet to weigh in on fair and accurate labeling. Meanwhile, various states are putting regulations in place to protect some of their foundational businesses from losing market share to these upstart companies. To hedge their bets, some meat companies such as Tyson are investing heavily in plant-based meat companies. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em! In the case of lab grown meat, which has not yet hit the marketplace but is actually grown from live animal cells, the question is: is this food meat? Can it be labeled meat? If not, what do we call it? Click here to read more.

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