As coronavirus cases surge to levels not seen since last winter, Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen should get serious about preventing the next pandemic, specifically by funding cultured-meat research.

For readers who aren’t familiar with the term, cultured meat is grown from animal cells, without slaughter. It offers important benefits to public health.

Because livestock are removed from the process of making cultured meat, the danger of zoonotic viruses making the jump to humans is drastically reduced.

While the origins of COVID-19 are debated, the fact remains that animal agriculture greatly increases our pandemic risk.

Legislators concerned with public health should support federal funding for cultured-meat research.

Jon Hochschartner
Granby, CT