Legalizing the Meaning of Meat

52 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2019

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Steph Tai

University of Wisconsin Law School

Date Written: September 18, 2019


What we call meat has become a contentious issue in the United States. This article is the first to explore the many dynamics behind meat labeling laws proposed by various state legislatures. It uses food studies methods to places those debates within a larger context of the history of “meat,” plant-based proteins, cell-cultured proteins, and insect-based proteins, as well as other food labeling struggles. The article ultimately argues that expressly recognizing these dynamics can augment sustainable food advocacy efforts in the future.

Keywords: food, meat, environment, cell-cultured meats, plant-based meats, insect-based meats

JEL Classification: K32, K30, Q18

Suggested Citation

Tai, Steph, Legalizing the Meaning of Meat (September 18, 2019). Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN:

Steph Tai (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin Law School ( email )

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