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Lab-grown meats are bad for our health, can be weaponised and are a tool to phase out farmers


Lab-grown meat faces significant hurdles in the US as multiple states push for bans. Florida and Arizona recently prohibited its sale, and Iowa banned schools from purchasing it. Despite initial optimism after the US approved lab-grown meat in June 2023, federal lawmakers are also considering restrictions.

The industry is fighting back, with Upside Foods launching a petition and Good Meat exploring legal options. They argue their products are safe and that bans stifle innovation. Critics claim lab-grown meat is unhealthy, citing concerns about unnatural production processes and potential health effects.

International resistance is also growing, with Italy banning lab-grown meat and France considering similar measures. Proponents argue these products are crucial for global protein needs, while opponents stress the importance of natural foods. The future of lab-grown meat remains uncertain amid ongoing legal and political battles.

Lab-Grown Meat Is 25 Times Worse for the Environment

By Dr. Joseph Mercola, 24 May 2024

Story At-A-Glance

According to a recent “cradle-to-gate life cycle” analysis, the lab-grown meat industry produces four to 25 times more CO2 than traditional animal husbandry.

Cultured meats are ultra-processed and therefore likely to cause health problems similar to those caused by other ultra-processed products, such as obesity, cardiovascular diseases, Type-2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, cancer, mental health problems and increased all-cause mortality.

The starting ingredients in the new fermented synthetic biology products are cheap sugars derived from genetically engineered (“GE”) corn and soy. GE crops are grown in environmentally destructive monocultures that use loads of herbicides, pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. As a result, they’re loaded with chemical residues.

Once the target organisms in the ferment have consumed the nutrients they need, what’s left over is hazardous biowaste that must be deactivated and safely disposed of. The waste cannot be sent to a landfill or used for any other purpose.

Lab-grown meats are not about your health or the environment; they’re a tool to phase out farmers and ranchers and replace them with an ultra-processed product controlled by patents.


Lab-grown, or cultured, meat is being promoted as the wave of the future – the “green, sustainable” way to eat. No animal suffering, no greenhouse gas emissions, just meat-like protein that will taste like the burgers and steaks you’re used to. Too bad it’s all a lie.

Beneath the greenwashed façade, the promises of lab-grown meat fall flat. Lab-grown meats are not about your health or the environment; they’re a tool to phase out farmers and ranchers and replace them with an ultra-processed product controlled by patents.

Importantly, even if cultured meats aren’t toxic per se, they’re ultra-processed products1 and therefore likely to cause health problems similar to those caused by other ultra-processed foods, such as obesity,2 cardiovascular diseases, Type-2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, cancer,3 mental health problems4 and increased all-cause mortality.5,6,7,8,9

On top of that, they’re more harmful for the environment than conventional ranching. Since synthetic biology relies on genetically engineered (“GE”) monoculture, it creates the very things they claim to counteract, namely environmental degradation that promotes climate change.

Synthetic Biology is Made With Junk Food Ingredients

Environmental Health Symposium: Alan Lewis for EHS 2022, 29 June 2022 (12 mins)

In the video above, Alan Lewis, vice president of government affairs for Natural Grocers, reviews what goes into the making of synthetic biology. Synthetic biology goes by many names, including “gene edited fermentation” and “precision fermentation products.”

While that sounds fairly innocuous, synthetic biology manufacturers rarely ever discuss what goes into the feed they use to grow the target organism, or what happens to the waste at the end of the fermentation process. That’s understandable, as both raise several serious questions.

As explained by Lewis, the starting ingredients in fermented synthetic biology products are cheap sugars derived from genetically engineered corn and soy. All GE crops are grown in environmentally destructive monocultures with taxpayer subsidies and use loads of herbicides such as glyphosate, pesticides like neonicotinoids and synthetic fertilizers.

As a result, they’re loaded with chemical residues. In addition to a base of sugars, hundreds of other ingredients may be added to the ferment to produce the desired end product, such as a certain protein, colour, flavour or scent.

As explained by Lewis, the most often used microorganism in the fermentation process is E. coli. The E. coli is gene-edited to produce the desired compound through its digestive process.

The microorganism must also be antibiotic-resistant since it needs to survive the antibiotics used to kill off other undesirable organisms in the vat. As a result, antibiotic-resistant organisms also become integrated into the final product, and the types of foodborne illness that might be caused by gene-edited antibiotic-resistant E. coli and its metabolites are anyone’s guess. Nobody knows what such illness might look like.

Cultured Meat Produces Toxic Biowaste

Aside from the desired target metabolite, these gene-edited organisms may also be spitting out any number of non-target metabolites with unknown environmental consequences and health effects.

As explained by Lewis, the various “feed” ingredients are placed in a fermentation bioreactor set at 87 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit for anywhere from 24 to hundreds of hours to grow the target microorganism. The target organisms in the ferment consume the nutrients they need, and what’s left over after those organisms are extracted is hazardous biowaste.

While traditional fermentation processes, such as the making of beer, produce waste products that are edible by animals, compostable and pose no biohazard, the biowaste from these synthetic biology ferments must first be deactivated, and then must be securely disposed of. It cannot go into a landfill. Making food that produces hazardous biowaste is hardly a sustainable model.

Lab-Grown Meat Is 25 Times Worse for Climate Than Beef

Lab-grown meats are also an environmental disaster in the making. Their impact is far more akin to that of the pharmaceutical industry than the food industry.

Indeed, precision fermentation – i.e., the process of engineering a gene sequence for a specific protein into a bacterium or yeast strain, and then growing it in fermenters to produce the required protein – has been used for decades in the production of drugs and vaccines.10

According to a recent “cradle-to-gate life cycle” analysis,11,12,13,14 the lab-grown meat industry produces anywhere from four to 25 times more CO2 than traditional animal husbandry.

As noted by the authors, investors have poured billions of dollars into the animal cell-based meat (“ACBM”) sector based on the theory that cultured meat is more environmentally friendly than beef. But according to these researchers, that hype is based on flawed analyses of carbon emissions.

The primary sources of CO2 emissions are the purification processes, which require fossil fuels. The bacteria used to produce the “meat” releases endotoxins, and these must be eliminated from the growth medium or else the cells won’t reproduce properly. As noted by the authors:

Based on this assessment, each kilo of cultured meat produces anywhere from 542 pounds (246 kilos) to 3,325 pounds (1,508 kg) of carbon dioxide emissions, making the climate impact of cultured meat four to 25 times greater than that of conventional beef.

The authors also point out that several estimates of ACBM climate impacts are dependent on novel technologies that either do not exist yet or are unlikely to work.

For example, some have proposed growing cyanobacteria hydrolysate in open concrete ponds to then be “harvested, sterilised, hydrolysed and used as an animal cell growth medium.” The problem is that this technology is not currently used, “nor is it one that is currently near feasibility,” the authors note.

In short, the claims propping up the cultured meat industry are a sham, as the idea that cultured meat is a greener option is based on non-existent technologies rather than the technologies that are in use.

Climate Impact of Cultured Meat Versus Cattle

Other studies have also been critical. For example, a 2019 article in the journal Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems found that were the world to make the transition to cultured meat, its impact on global warming might initially appear to be beneficial. However, over time, cultured meat production would result in greater warming. As explained in the abstract:15

Gaps Between Facts and Claims

Teagasc: Precision fermentation and cell-based meat, viable alternatives, 14 December 2022 (32 mins)

Another paper,16 published in the April 2023 issue of Animal Frontiers, concluded there are several implications of cell-based meat that need to be considered but aren’t. In the video above, the corresponding author, Paul Wood, also reviews these issues, which include:

Significant technical, ethical, regulatory and commercial challenges
Widespread adoption is likely to “exacerbate global inequity between affluent and poor individuals and between high- and low-income countries”
Cell-based products are not identical to the foods they’re intended to replace in terms of sensory and textural properties, nor are they nutritionally equivalent
Societal roles associated with animal production will be lost, “including ecosystem services, co-product benefits and contributions to livelihoods and cultural meaning”
Detailed production procedures are unavailable, which makes it “impossible to corroborate the many claims related to their product characteristics and sustainability.” According to the authors, “most of the claims related to the production of ‘CBM’ [cell-based meat] in view of sustainability improvements (e.g., energy or water use) seem not scientifically substantiated or remain at best speculative, especially for its environmental footprint”
Cell-based meat companies claim the cost of synthetic meat will be significantly reduced, as per Moore’s law. However, cell-based meat systems “have natural limits and feedback mechanisms that negate this law”

As noted in this paper:

Will Lab-Grown Meat Cause Cancer?

There are also unanswered questions about the potential carcinogenicity of cell-based meats. Most cultured or cell-based meats are created by growing animal cells in a solution of foetal bovine serum (“FBS”).

Aside from the fact that this “green” alternative requires the slaughter of pregnant cows to drain the unborn foetus of its blood, to get the cell cultures to grow fast enough, several companies are using immortalised cells. As reported by The Fern,17 “Immortalised cells are a staple of medical research, but they are, technically speaking, pre-cancerous and can be, in some cases, fully cancerous.”

The reason pre-cancerous and cancerous immortalised cells are used is because normally behaving cells cannot divide forever. Most cells will only multiply a few dozen times before they become senescent (old) and die.

This won’t work when the intention is to grow thousands of pounds of tissue from a small number of cells, hence they use immortalised cells that continue to divide indefinitely. Immortalised cells are by definition cancerous (or at bare minimum pre-cancerous) as there’s no off switch for their replication.

MIT biologist Robert Weinberg, PhD, believes humans won’t get cancer from these cells because they’re not human cells and therefore cannot replicate inside your body.18 However, there’s no long-term research to back this claim.

The fact that “cow tumours sometimes wind up in store-bought ground chuck”19 and doesn’t cause a problem does not mean that a piece of meat consisting of nothing but cancerous and pre-cancerous cells won’t have unpredictable effects.

To circumvent this public relations nightmare, some cell-based meat companies are using embryonic stem cells rather than immortalised cells. Others are using cells from living animals.20 Both of these strategies, however, destroy the argument that cultured meat is animal-free.

Beware of the Fake Food Agenda

Info the Matters: Fake ‘Food As Medicine’ Agenda & Synthetic Foods, (18 mins)
taken from The Attack on Food Symposium, 4 March 2023

The video above features a presentation I made at The Attack on Food Symposium, hosted by Dr. Meryl Nass and presented by Children’s Health Defense TV on 4 March 2023. In it, I describe how food and agriculture are under attack, and how the fake food agenda threatens human health and the environment alike.

In attempting to create cultured meat on the scale that would be necessary to feed the world, logistical problems are numerous and, possibly, insurmountable. There are waste products – catabolites – to deal with, as even cultured cells excrete waste that is toxic.

The environmental benefits are also on shaky ground when you factor in GE soy production and the use of conventional energy sources. When that is factored in, analyses predict cultured meat will be worse for the environment than conventionally produced chicken, pork21,22 and beef.23

At the end of the day, it’s important to realise that the synthetic meat market is based on a slew of false premises and assumptions, and that the real agenda has nothing to do with saving the planet or improving human health. It’s to eliminate traditional farming and make populations dependent on mass-produced, patented, ultra-processed foods.

Do We Need to Worry About Biowarfare Too?

There are also open questions about whether lab-grown meat may be weaponised in some way. GOOD Meat, which recently gained FDA approval for its cultured chicken, is using a Chinese firm called JOINN Biologics for its production and quality control – a company linked to China’s biowarfare program.

JOINN Biologics is also involved in some sort of animal-breeding operation. In 2022, they purchased 1,400 acres of land in Morriston, Florida, with the intention to build a primate facility. As reported by The National Pulse:24

What are we to make of this? I don’t know, but the idea of relegating production and quality control, of all things, to a company tied to the Chinese biowarfare program seems rather reckless, and certainly doesn’t instil confidence. Without doubt, however, food could be used as a distribution route for a bioweapon, and I’ll just leave it at that for now.

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About the Author

Dr. Joseph Mercola is the founder and owner of, a Board-Certified Family Medicine Osteopathic Physician, a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and a New York Times bestselling author.  He publishes multiple articles a day covering a wide range of topics on his website



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