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Cultured meat is virus-safe

To the editor:

Democrats should include federal funding for cultured-meat research in their coronavirus relief bill. For readers who aren’t aware, cultured meat is grown from cells, without slaughter. Since animals are removed from the process, the risk of zoonotic diseases like COVID-19 making the jump to humans is eliminated.

Our current food system — which relies on huge numbers of creatures packed together in dirty cages — is like kindling to the fire of a future pandemic. There is no reason to accept this danger. Though cultured meat is now more expensive than its slaughtered counterpart, this can be fixed with open-access research.

Jon Hochschartner

Granby, Connecticut

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