For our April 23 meeting we'll take a look at differing opinions, even among vegans, on the ethics of cell-based meat--also called clean meat, cultured meat, lab-grown meat, in vitro meat, etc. In order to get up-to-the-minute information on this cutting edge technology, we'll view and discuss a current debate on the subject, rather than reading a book this month.
Homemade treats will be served. You need not have attended a previous discussion to join us for this one. We hope to see you there!
Cell-Based Meat Debate
Resolve: Cell-Based Meat is Good for Animals
For the Motion: Bruce Friedrich, Good Food Institute & Leah Garces, Mercy For Animals
Against the Motion: Vasile Stanescu, PhD & John Sanbonmatsu, PhD
The debate, held at the Conscious Eating Conference 2019 sponsored by United Poultry Concerns in early March, can be viewed in its entirety at https://www.upc-online.org/forums/2019/videos.html
NOTE: Because of the two-hour length of the debate, we ask Readin' Vegans participants to WATCH THE FIRST HOUR BEFORE COMING TO THE APRIL MEETING. We'll watch the second hour at the meeting and then discuss.
If you'd like to read ahead for the following month, on May 28 we'll discuss "Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves," by Adam Hochschild.
Cell-based or clean meat is a groundbreaking technology that is poised to revolutionize the global food system.
Rather than obtaining meat from animals raised on environmentally destructive factory farms and slaughtered in filthy slaughterhouses, clean meat is produced by taking a small sample of animal cells and replicating them in a culture outside of the animal. The resulting product is 100 percent real meat, but without the antibiotics, E. coli, salmonella, or waste contamination – all of which come standard in conventional meat production.
But the process is also problematic--watch the debate to learn why.