Billion Dollar Burger
Inside Big Tech’s Race for the Future of Food
High-tech meat, grown in labs from animal cells, could mitigate animal agriculture’s ecological damage.
Today’s meat and dairy businesses operate industrial agricultural facilities that take a heavy toll on the environment. A few dozen start-up companies hope to fix this problem by growing meat in lab vats using starter cells from living animals. Reporter Chase Purdy turns an arcane subject into an entertaining narrative, with clear explanations of the technology involved in lab-grown meat, and profiles of two colorful advocates: Dutch cell-cultured meat pioneer Willem van Eelen, and vegan activist Josh Tetrick,who runs the first billion-dollar-valued Silicon Valley food technology start-up.
About the Author
Chase Purdy has reported for Quartz and POLITICO, and is a National Fellow at New America.
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