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Synthetic meat? Too many things that don't add up

For Luigi Scordamaglia there is no evidence that laboratory foods are not harmful

21, Jun 2023

"People love technology, but don't want to eat it“. This is the gist of the speech made by Luigi Scordamaglia, managing director of Filiera Italia, when the new provincial council Coldiretti of Treviso took office, which confirmed Giorgio Polegato as president. A tough stance against synthetic food, that of Scordamaglia, supported by the fact that there is no evidence that foods in the laboratory do no harm. Indeed, in truth, Scordamaglia underlines, "Fao and the Organization World Health Organization have found the presence of 53 potential health hazards in the production process of cultured meat". The production mechanism is, moreover, complex: it starts from the fetal liquid, obtained by killing an animal, then stem cells in a bioreactor with a culture broth, complete with the use of hormones, banned in livestock production, and also a massive dose of antibiotics.

So much for bio, in short. For this reason, according to Scordamaglia, "the authorization process for the introduction of synthetic meats on the market should be the one used for medicines". Furthermore, the numbers do not add up even on the environmental impact of synthetic meats. In addition to the risks to human health, in fact, there is also the eco-compatibility aspect to be taken into consideration.

According to Scordamaglia estimates, the environmental impact of cultured meat is from 4 to 25 times higher than that of a traditional product from farms: so to produce the 44 million synthetic meats by 2030, as required by global demand, they would produce 354 million tons of CO2 against the 150 of farms. All using 150,000 bioreactors.


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Rome, RM, Italy, 20/06/2023 15:47
EFA News - European Food Agency


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