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The latest culture war is a beef over meatless meat

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Last month, Florida and Alabama became the first U.S. states to ban the sale and manufacture of lab-grown meat. The plant-based meat company Impossible Foods announced a shift from green to red packaging, in an apparent rejection of the company’s “woke” reputation that angered some Cracker Barrel customers. This hour: how did meatless meat join the culture wars?


  • Matt Reynolds: Senior writer at Wired magazine
  • S. Marek Muller: Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Texas State University
  • Yasmin Tayag: Staff writer at The Atlantic covering food and health

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