Will ‘Green New Deal’ mean the end of hamburgers?

| | March 13, 2019
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Amid the various critiques of the proposed Green New Deal, few capture the alarmism of the American right quite like Sebastian Gorka’s now viral claim that the deal’s proponents “want to take away your hamburgers … this is what Stalin dreamt about but never achieved.”

While it is debatable whether Stalin would have rejoiced in a vegan United States, it is true that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal for a low-carbon economy would require a major reduction in livestock production. But there doesn’t need not be an either/or choice between the Green New Deal and meat consumption: the solution to the Green New Deal’s hamburger problem lies in Silicon Valley’s “clean meat” startups.

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Cellular meat has yet to be released on the market, pending both regulatory clearance – which has been hotly contested by the cattle ranching lobby – and the ability to lower costs and scale up production. However, the sector has won hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital funding, including from major meat companies like Tyson, and many companies in the space plan to launch their first products within a year or two.

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