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Italy's Legislative Drama Unfolds: The Ban of Lab-Grown Meat

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Quadri Adejumo
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Italy's Legislative Drama Unfolds: The Ban of Lab-Grown Meat

A whirlwind of legislative drama has recently unfolded in Italy over a controversial bill to prohibit the production and sale of lab-grown meat. The unfolding narrative has been marked by miscommunication, political maneuvering, and eventual victory for proponents of the bill.

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Preliminary Reports and Miscommunication

Initial reports from the left-leaning newspaper, Repubblica, suggested that President Sergio Mattarella had refrained from signing the bill, indicating its need for the European Union's approval. The bill's potential impact on the EU single market could have triggered an infringement procedure, a situation that the Italian government would undoubtedly want to avoid.

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Political Backlash and Reactions

This news sparked criticism from the left, with vocal opposition coming from Senator Aurora Floridia of the Alleanza Verdi e Sinistra party. Floridia claimed that the government's 'arrogance' had been checked, painting the government's hesitation as a victory for those against the bill.

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Bill Promulgation and Shift in Narrative

However, the situation took a dramatic turn when it was revealed that President Mattarella had, in fact, promulgated the bill that very morning. The government had informed the European Commission of its decision and pledged to comply with any observations raised during the notification procedure.

Victory for National Interests

This development was met with jubilation from right-wing politicians, including Agriculture Minister Francesco Lollobrigida. He hailed the bill as a triumph for national interests and suggested it could serve as a precedent for other EU nations. Italy is now the first country to actively oppose lab-grown meat production, citing protection of territory, work, social equity, and food quality as its primary motivations.

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