Cattle industry fights to preserve ‘meat’ label as plant-based meat-like products proliferate

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The cattle ranchers and farm bureaus of America are not going to give up their hold on the word meat without a fight.

In recent weeks, beef and farming industry groups have persuaded legislators in more than a dozen states to introduce laws that would make it illegal to use the word meat to describe burgers and sausages that are created from plant-based ingredients or are grown in labs. Just this week, new meat-labeling bills were introduced in Arizona and Arkansas.

These meat alternatives [such as the Impossible Burger] may look and taste and even bleed like meat, but cattle ranchers want to make sure that the new competition can’t use the meat label.

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“The word meat, to me, should mean a product from a live animal,” said Jim Dinklage, a rancher and the president of the Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska, who has testified in support of meat-labeling legislation in his state.

Read full, original article:  You Call That Meat? Not So Fast, Cattle Ranchers Say

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