Lab-grown meat might be about to meet its maker

The controversy at the intersection of cultured meat and agribusiness

Photo collage of a steak on a plate. There are gloved hands reaching in to cut it with a scalpel and surgical tweezers, as if they're cutlery.
Some states claim lab-grown meat threatens the farming and ranching industries
(Image credit: Illustration by Julia Wytrazek / Getty Images)

Lab-grown meat is real meat. It is created through a cell culture from a real animal. "Unlike plant-based meat, it's not vegan but a sustainable replacement for carnivores that eliminates the need to rear and slaughter animals," said Fast Company. Many environmental activists tout lab-grown meat as a way to have your meat and eat it too, all with less emissions and animal deaths. But some states are looking to ban the practice altogether, citing its negative effect on the agriculture and ranching industries. 

Steak minus the slaughter

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