Alabama became the second state to ban the sale of cultured meat. Governor Kay Ivey signed SB23 into law, making the manufacture, sale or distribution of food products produced from cultured animal cells a Class C misdemeanor as of October 1.

Civil penalties may range from $100 for a Class 2 violation up to $10,000 for a Class 5 violation for food sales establishments.

Supporters of the legislation argue it protects cattle ranchers and farmers from lab-grown meat competitors. Critics note that cultivated meat would meet regulatory approvals, and it is an alternative to advancing climate change objectives. It doesn’t require land, crops or water.

On May 1, Florida became the first state to ban cultivated meat when Governor Ron DeSantis signed the bill into law.

Read more on the legislation against lab-grown meat here.