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Cellular agriculture: The possibilities and challenges of a protein revolution
A talk by Lenore Newman, PhD. about cellular agriculture. Cellular agriculture, or the creation of animal products without animal agriculture, has the potential to dramatically lower the environmental and physical land footprint of the meat and dairy industry while opening up a new world of novel foods designed to maximize human health and enjoyment. These technologies, however, are still for the most part in the development phase, and significant technological challenges remain before they will move out of niche markets to command a significant market share in the protein chain. This talk explores cellular agriculture, highlighting potential benefits of these new technologies while also presenting the challenges they still face. The talk then discusses the policy environment needed if the disruptive force of cellular agriculture is to be managed.

Lenore Newman is the director of the Food and Agriculture Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley, where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Food Security and Environment. She is an associate professor in the department of geography and the environment at UFV, and is a member of the Royal Society of Canada's New College.

Lenore researches agricultural land use policy, agricultural technologies, and bioengineering in the food system. Lenore was a member of the Premier’s Food Security Task Force, sat on the BC Minister of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Revitalizing the Agricultural Land Reserve, and regularly speaks to government and community groups.

She has published over fifty academic journal articles and book chapters, and her opinion pieces on the future of farmland use and other food-related issues have been published in the Globe and Mail, the Vancouver Sun, and the Georgia Straight. Her first book, Speaking in Cod Tongues, was published to wide acclaim in January, 2017, and won a Saskatchewan Book Award.

Sep 22, 2021 12:00 PM in Arizona

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