I’m Isha Datar, director of New Harvest – the non-profit largely responsible for advancing “cultured meat.” I was at the first ever cultured beef burger tasting in London this past Monday – AMA!
New Harvest was founded in 2004 to support the development of cultured meat (AKA “in vitro meat”) and plant-based meat alternatives. We connect scientists in the field to one another and to funds. We support food technology research that remains in the public domain.
I was fortunate enough to attend the event last Monday in London where Mark Post, a researcher at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, showcased the first ever cultured beef burger. Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google, was also revealed as the philanthropist behind the project.
Why meat alternatives? Meat production is a leading driver of climate change, a massive burden on environmental resources, and a breeding ground for epidemic disease.Meat alternatives hold a lot of promise in feeding a growing population more safely and efficiently.
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