To the editor,

Given the environmental, public health, and animal-welfare concerns associated with factory farms, our legislators should include more federal funding for cultivated-meat research in the upcoming farm bill. For those who don’t know, cultivated-meat is grown from livestock cells, without slaughter.

The new protein is currently too expensive to mass produce. Further development of the nascent field of cellular agriculture will help bypass this hurdle and others. Any politician interested in reducing our greenhousegas emissions, pandemic risk and the suffering we inflict on animals should support the effort.

Jon Hochschartner