At a time when our environmental footprint is at its largest and demand for animal-based products is growing rapidly, ensuring sustainability and reducing our impact on a global scale is paramount. Alongside this, cell-based meat technology has seen a dramatic advancement, including a burger up on the International Space Station and new exciting varieties of cell-based meat and fish being developed on the ground. The same challenges still exist though and unifying this unique field into an industry is the first step forward.
The New Harvest conference is hosted by the eponymous Brooklyn-based nonprofit, a leader in cellular agriculture. The education and research organization is funded by 600 donors, including the Zurich-based Avina Stiftung foundation, and previously, the South Africa-based Shuttleworth Foundation. During the last decade, it has awarded over $2 million to fund academic studies into the various technologies needed to grow meat in a lab, mostly located at universities in four countries (including the U.S. and Canada).