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Myth: In-vitro meat is replacing conventionally raised beef.
The Facts: There is no substitute for real beef from cattle raised on a farm or ranch.
Cattlemen and women believe beef comes from cattle raised on a farm or ranch, not from a test tube. The recent test tube burger that made news was created from stem cells of a live beef animal that were cultured in a petri dish then mixed with salt, egg powder and breadcrumbs to improve the taste as well as red beetroot juice and saffron to make it look like red meat. While this is interesting research into alternative ways to grow protein, we do not see in-vitro meat replacing real beef from cattle raised by farmers and ranchers for several reasons.
The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.