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Jeff Bezos invests $60 million in lab-grown meat after moving to Florida — then Gov. DeSantis banned it

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Jeff Bezos and his fiancée Lauren Sanchez, who recently moved to Florida, shared news about putting $60 million into lab-grown meat, including “cultivated meats.” However, around the same time, Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis signed a law banning the sale of lab-grown meat in the state, NY Post reported.

Gov. DeSantis bans lab-grown meat, urging residents to consume ‘100% real Florida beef’

Governor DeSantis signed this law, known as SB 1084, on May 1. He described it as a way to counteract the World Economic Forum’s push for people to consume lab-grown meat and insects, which the organization considers “an overlooked source of protein,” according to a news release.

“Florida is increasing meat production, and encouraging residents to continue to consume and enjoy 100% real Florida beef,” according to a statement from the governor’s office. DeSantis has previously criticized “the global elite’s plan to make everyone eat meat grown in a petri dish or insects to push their authoritarian agenda.”

According to the Scientific American magazine, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved cell-cultured meat from two companies, GOOD Meat and UPSIDE Foods, for the first time last June. This approval came less than a year after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deemed these companies’ products safe to eat.

Bezos Earth Fund invested $1 billion for sustainable food production

The decision to invest in sustainable protein follows a recent announcement by the Bezos Earth Fund, led by Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez. About a month ago, the organization revealed a major investment in sustainable protein, including plant-based, fermented, and cultivated meats. This investment is part of the fund’s broader plan to allocate $1 billion toward enhancing food production, as reported by Fortune earlier.

“We need to feed 10 billion people with healthy, sustainable food throughout this century while protecting our planet. We can do it, and it will require a ton of innovation,” Sanchez wrote in a statement announcing the $60 million investment.

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