Italy becomes the first European country to ban food grown in laboratories

The Italian Parliament has passed a law banning the production and sale of synthetic foods, such as cultured meat, making Italy the first European country to do so. The regulations, which have been promoted by the government of Giorgia Meloni, argue the inequalities that these foods could cause at a nutritional level and the lack of scientific studies.

The law provides that the marketing of this type of food will be fined between 10,000 and 60,000 euros, or 10% of the business volume in the case of income exceeding 60,000 euros.



Among other arguments, the Italian government explains that the decision has been taken as a way to “safeguard” the country’s agri-food heritage and culture, “based on the Mediterranean diet.”


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