Italy has just delivered a devastating blow to the controversial agenda of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and billionaire magnate Bill Gates for global food control, with the historic approval of a ban on the production and sale of cultivated meat. The Chamber of Deputies voted 159 in favor, 53 against, and 34 abstentions in support of the bill presented by Minister of Agriculture Francesco Lollobrigida.
The legislation, representing a significant turning point, prohibits the production and market introduction of foods and feeds derived from cellular cultures or tissues of vertebrate animals. Italy thus positions itself as the first country in Europe to adopt such a radical measure.
The debate in the Chamber was heated, with the Democratic Party choosing to abstain, while the 5 Star Movement and Forward with Hope voted against the measure. The decision has sparked mixed reactions, but it is undeniable that this move puts a brake on Gates' ambitions in the food sector.
The tech magnate had recently heavily invested in the research and development of cultivated meat, arguing that it represented the sustainable future of food production. However, Italy has now clearly voiced its opposition, rejecting Gates' vision and thwarting his attempt to dominate the global food market.
Minister of Agriculture Francesco Lollobrigida defended the measure, stating that the decision aims to protect the identity and quality of Italian food products, preserving the country's culinary tradition. "We will not allow our traditional meat to be replaced by artificial products and cellular cultures," declared Lollobrigida.
Despite differing opinions, Italy's decision to ban cultivated meat poses a direct challenge to Bill Gates' influence in the food sector. It remains to be seen whether other European countries will follow the Italian example or if this move will be an isolated exception on the continental stage. However, one thing is certain: Italy has sent a strong and clear signal against Gates' dominance and the World Economic Forum's sustainability agenda in the world of food.