Italy this month became the first country in the world to ban fake food in defiance of a massive globalist push to phase out meat and dairy for “climate change.”

On November 16th Italy’s Parliament voted 159–53 to ban the use, sale, import, or export of food and feed “from cell cultures or tissue derived from vertebrate animals,” reported Reuters. Companies in violation face fines of up to 150,000 euros ($162,700), risk being shut down, and can be restricted from public funding for three years.

The bill also bans companies from using meat references when selling plant-based alternatives. Marketing a product as “tofu steak,” for instance, would violate the new law.

“Italy is the world’s first country safe from the social and economic risks of synthetic food,” Italian Agriculture Minister Francesco Lollobrigida told the BBC.

“In defense of health, of the Italian production system, of thousands of jobs, of our culture and tradition, with the law approved today, Italy is the first nation in the world to be safe from the social and economic risks of synthetic food,” he wrote in a Facebook post according to the New York Post.

The Meloni administration’s support for the legislation is a snub at the globalist agenda, which seeks to replace animal products on shelves with synthetic food to “fight climate change.” The World Economic Forum (WEF) has long encouraged the consumption of fake meat, promoting companies such as Eat Just which manufactures lab-grown meat, eggs, and other foods. Eat Just is in part funded by globalist billionaire Bill Gates, who admonishes “rich nations” that they must switch completely to fake beef.

Some European countries have already embraced lab-grown meat. Germany, Europe’s largest economy, sells synthetic meat products manufactured by Beyond Meat on shelves in over 1,600 stores. Countries like the Netherlands have already begun closing farms because of their contribution to “climate change.”

Italy Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, however, counted farmers as one of the main reasons to ban fake food.

“We could only celebrate with our farmers a measure that puts our farmers in the vanguard, not just on the issue of defending excellence . . . but also in defending consumers,” she said concerning the bill earlier this year.

The legislation follows another law passed by Meloni’s administration requiring that all food items which contain insects be labeled as such.

Globalist Western powers, along with the WEF, have been pushing public consumption of insects — again to battle “climate change” — as a healthy source of protein.

In January the European Union approved the use of cricket powder in major processed foods sold to the public.

In Australia children are fed crickets as a snack and conditioned to enjoy them. Frontline News reported in September that 1,000 Australian schools have added chips containing crickets to their canteens which Australian media have labeled “eco-friendly.”

Canada’s government has invested C$8.5 million ($6.5 million) in a new production plant that will produce cricket protein for pet and human food. The facility, located in London, Ontario, is expected to house four billion crickets and produce 13 million kilograms (14,300 tons) of cricket protein per year.

“The Government has presented four inter-ministerial decrees which will introduce information labels on products that contain or derive from insects. Citizens must be able to choose consciously and be informed from every point of view,” Meloni tweeted in late March.

According to the Financial Times, Meloni expressed her disgust for insect consumption.

“Insect products are arriving on supermarket shelves! Flour, larvae — good, delicious,” she said sarcastically in a recent video. “But when a product contains insects . . . we tell citizens with a nice visible label so they can choose whether to eat insects or not.”