Governments, environmental scientists, and economists are facing down the two biggest questions of our era: How will we feed 9.7 billion people by 2050, and what are we going to do about climate change? Venture capital firms, entrepreneurs, and major corporations are rising to the challenge with groundbreaking innovations that will transform one of the oldest industries known to humankind: meat production.
Just as killing whales for oil became obsolete with the discovery of kerosene, factory farming will become obsolete as clean food technology (in which animal products are grown in a culture) becomes accessible.
Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society explains: "This is not science fiction. This is science fact."
Food scientists have perfected the process of turning plants into foods that deliver the same texture, taste, and protein of conventionally produced meat. This video from Bill Gates’s blog, Gates Notes, explores the science behind plant-based proteins, an industry that is ripe for innovation and growth.
Bruce Friedrich, executive director of The Good Food Institute, discusses the problems in conventional animal agriculture and how new alternatives are disrupting the industry, for the good of the planet.
The average American eats nearly 100 pounds of beef every year. Since farming cattle is water- and land-intensive, and responsible for a significant percentage of global greenhouse gas emissions, companies like Beyond Meat are racing to diversify protein sources that will feed the world's growing population. In this episode of If Our Bodies Could Talk, senior editor of The Atlantic, James Hamblin, travels across California to learn about the science of diversifying people's protein-intake portfolio.
Senior Scientist Christie Lagally explains how plant-based and clean food tech is poised to save billions of farm animals at the 2016 Symposium on Multidisciplinary Research in Effective Animal Advocacy.
Gelatin gets an animal-free makeover from our friends at Geltor! Watch co-founder Alex Lorestani explain how it's done and why animal-free gelatin is fundamentally changing the world of food ingredients!
Beyond Meat is famous for changing plant-based meat forever by rethinking the entire process. Listen to CEO Ethan Brown explain what makes Beyond Meat different and why making meat from plants is better than taking meat from animals.
Bruce Friedrich follows up his Future of Food presentation at the Yale Center for Business and the Environment with a Q&A session on clean meat, grown outside of an animal without the need for slaughter or factory farming.
Mark Post, professor of physiology from Maastricht University, is worried about meat. In this video for the World Economic Forum, Post explains why the meat industry is unsustainable and how future beef will be clean.
New Harvest's Isha Datar explains why it is important for us to support the growing field and industry of animal-free animal products and why the next revolution in agriculture will be cellular agriculture: growing food from the cell up rather than the organism down.
Perfect Day Foods is creating a future in which milk comes from breweries rather than factory farms. In this video for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, Pandya explains the environmental costs of animal agriculture and how he and his team are creating dairy products without cows.