Photo of the world's first cultured hamburger being baked at a news conference in London on 5 August 2013. Credit: World Economic Forum via Wikimedia Commons
Photo of the world's first cultured hamburger being baked at a news conference in London on 5 August 2013. Credit: World Economic Forum via Wikimedia Commons

Clean Meat, with Paul Shapiro

The world's first cultured hamburger being cooked at a news conference in London on 5 August 2013. The cultured meat product was developed by a team of scientists from Maastricht University led by Mark Post. Credit: World Economic Forum (File: The Meat Revolution Mark Post.webm (7:53)) [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
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“Clean Meat” – if you aren’t familiar with the term, this is the episode for you. On this episode of StarTalk Radio, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Maeve Higgins explore the rise of clean meat and the future of food with Paul Shapiro, author of Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World, and Dr. Liz Specht, Senior Scientist at The Good Food Institute, a non-profit helping shape the future of food in healthier, more responsible, and exciting ways. You’ll learn more about the process of growing clean meat or “cultured meat” and how it can help reduce problems like world hunger and climate change. You’ll discover more about the companies at the forefront of the clean meat industry. You’ll hear how NASA was influential in the creation of this now budding industry. We also answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries: find out if clean meat tastes the same as regular meat, learn about the drastic differences in energy consumption between animal agriculture and the clean meat process, and explore the differences in nutritional value. Ponder the possibilities of “designer” meats. All that, plus, we look at how clean meat could de-politicize food.

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