In latest attack on ESG, Gov. DeSantis says Floridians ‘need meat’
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 11/30/21-Members of the Florida Cattleman’s Association grill hamburgers in the courtyard of the Capitol during the Taste of Florida Agriculture Reception, Tuesday in Tallahassee. Members of the group estimated they would serve nearly 1,000 hamburgers during the event and brought more than 300 pounds of ground beef from Fort McCoy Meats in Marion County to feed Capitol guests. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

The Governor seemed to endorse on Friday legislative pushes to ban so-called cultivated meat.

Gov. Ron DeSantis apparently isn’t worried about votes from vegetarians, given comments in Bowling Green in which he wove a preemptive defense of meat during an attack on environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG).

“I know the Legislature is doing a bill to try to protect our meat. You need meat, OK? And we’re going to have meat in Florida. Like, we’re not going to have fake meat. Like, that doesn’t work. So we’re going to make sure to do it right.”

The Governor seemingly is endorsing a legislative push to ban so-called “cultivated meat,” which resides in larger agriculture bills in the House (HB 1071) and Senate (SB 1084).

DeSantis’ enthusiasm for animal flesh is well-documented, of course, and was a recurrent talking point during his now-suspended run for the Republican presidential nomination.

“You don’t have to worry about me with any beef or any meat,” DeSantis said in Iowa last month. “We need meat. I mean, like I couldn’t live, I couldn’t go a week without it.”

The Governor made those comments in response to a question from an Iowa farmer who objected to California’s standards for the treatment of hogs.

He made similar meat-positive comments in 2023 while wooing pig farmers in the Hawkeye State.

“I can tell you when I’m President, I’m not going to let anyone take away your meat, that’s for sure. I mean, I couldn’t subsist if I didn’t have the good meat. So don’t worry about that,” DeSantis said in December.

“Look, don’t worry about me. Like, I want people eating meat, I want people — we got to do that. I mean, so some people on the Left don’t like that. We know it’s important, and that’s something that you can count on me for,” DeSantis added in a radio interview the same month.

The Governor, while at a Never Back Down bus tour stop in Iowa back in August, said his presidential administration would not “let California regulate how farmers in Iowa conduct their business on things like, you know, these pork producers have to follow California law to do this stuff.”

California statute, which restricts imports from states not following this process, dictates that the “enclosure shall allow the breeding pig to lie down, stand up, fully extend limbs, and turn around freely,” with “a minimum of 24 square feet of usable floor space per breeding pig.”

While a 4×6 enclosure sounds cozy, to say the least, it was actually too much for Iowa farmers and the Governor who sought their votes.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Like it or not

    February 3, 2024 at 7:52 am

    Like it’s something I don’t understand like a governor of like the state of Florida talking like a kid like every time he opens his mouth and bobbles his head like he says like every 4th word.

    Like, we’re not going to have fake meat. Like, that doesn’t work.
    I mean, like I couldn’t live,
    Like, I want people eating meat,
    things like, you know, these pork producers

  • Dale A Arnold

    February 3, 2024 at 9:45 am

    I can tell you when I’m President, I’m not going to let anyone take away your meat, that’s for sure. I mean, I couldn’t subsist if I didn’t have the good meat… LOL..
    Did he think about that statement?

  • Big Meat

    February 3, 2024 at 10:17 am

    You need my meat.
    It’s time Casey knows what a Man is.

  • No fake meat

    February 3, 2024 at 10:28 am

    No meat should be fake. Meat should be murder.

  • Dont Say FLA

    February 4, 2024 at 7:00 pm

    Rhonda and Casey must plan to cook that dog they got.

  • JT

    February 4, 2024 at 7:01 pm

    Di/Desantis is as fake as they come. His tour was called “Never Back Down ” yet he backed down and latched right onto Trumps bunghole. If a steak can be made that tastes good , cooks good and is safe then we should have the opportunity to eat it . Sounds like the “Freedom” state is losing more freedoms

  • OMG

    February 5, 2024 at 3:41 am

    Floridians should, like everyone else. be able to eat what ever they want and can afford. Ron can go chew his bone.

  • KathrynA

    February 5, 2024 at 11:16 am

    Supposedly, the governor touts the state as one of freedoms, which if you live here, you know that is not true. But you would think consumers can make their own choices on which groceries they want. But no, even grocery shopping must be controlled by these idiots.

    • OMG

      February 5, 2024 at 12:44 pm

      I left Florida in 2013 and don’t know what the grocery situation is there. Surely there are some stores that sell what you want to buy.

  • FloridaPatriot

    February 5, 2024 at 12:38 pm

    Florida is NOT the free state this dip is trying to convince everyone it is.

  • OMG

    February 5, 2024 at 12:42 pm

    There are no free states, only free people. Unless incarcerated, one can live relatively freely. The less one is involved in politics, the freer one can live.

  • L

    February 6, 2024 at 3:01 pm

    Between this and Disney, DeSantis has got to be the most anti-free market GOP politician ever.

  • Dan

    February 15, 2024 at 6:28 pm

    Not a problem.

    I m a vegetarian; i don t need fake meat to get me thru life…pretty sure most vegetarians concur.

    Also a florida resident. Astounding: this is what passes for improving our lives.

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