FederBio says no to the lab meat and signs the Coldiretti appeal
Following the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) first consumer authorisation of a synthetic meat product, the danger is that the way could soon be open for the first applications for authorisation to market synthetic meat in Europe too
25, Nov 2022
Stopping a danger that is looming on the horizon, namely the placing on the market of food products of synthetic origin, starting with meat: this is the objective of the petition signed by the President of FederBio on the occasion of the "XX International Forum of 'Agriculture and Food”, organized by Coldiretti with the collaboration of The European House – Ambrosetti studio.
After the first authorization for consumption by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of a product based on synthetic meat, the danger is that the way could quickly be paved for the first requests for authorization for the marketing of synthetic meat also in Europe.
All of this is not only in contrast with the food culture of our country, but a technological drift of this magnitude is just the opposite of what is needed for the future.
For FederBio it is necessary to focus on the consumption of organic meat, coming from sustainable farms, respectful of biodiversity, attentive to the enhancement of natural resources and capable of generating solid bonds within the territories and communities in which they are located.
The huge investments in Research & Development dedicated to the production of synthetic foods, including meat, are a clear indicator of how this market is capitalizing on the interest of multinationals and Hi-Tech companies who see this segment as an area for generate new and substantial profits.
Commenting on the signing of the Coldiretti appeal, Maria Grazia Mammuccini, President of FederBio, underlined: “We strongly endorse the Coldiretti initiative because we believe it is essential to immediately put a stop to the drift of synthetic food. The need to convert intensive farming must focus on the enhancement of those local realities that operate with organic and extensive methods, based on an agroecological approach, which provides for grazing animals that promote soil fertility. Moreover, we believe that it is totally senseless for the production of food to be allowed to multinationals active in sectors that have nothing to do with this strategic sector, increasingly concentrating the production of food in the hands of a few. The agroecology that underlies organic production, together with the environment, biodiversity and health, focuses on the social dimension in which farmers and local communities are the protagonists of food production".
Maria Letizia Gardoni, President of Coldiretti Bio and member of the Presidency Office of FederBio, commented: "Quality and tradition are not aspects that can be recreated in the laboratory, but are the result of a history that has distinguished Italian agri-food production for centuries . We believe it is profoundly wrong to sever the link that exists between our territories and food production, entrusting the production of food to chemistry which, especially in our country, is instead synonymous with culture. We are pleased that FederBio, together with numerous other stakeholders, has joined our appeal so that 'test-tube' food is kept away from Italian tables".