Italy’s right-wing government has approved a bill banning the domestic production of laboratory-grown meat in an effort to protect the country’s traditional culinary heritage and strong agribusiness interests.
The bill, which requires parliamentary approval before it comes into force, bans the cultivation of meat from cells in Italy, but says it will not limit imports of lab-grown meat produced elsewhere in Europe. Says.
Italy’s Minister of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty Francesco Lollobrigida said the ban was necessary to “guarantee quality, well-being and the protection of our culture and traditions”. Violators face fines of up to €65,000. and the possibility of factory closures.
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