Before there was a cellular agriculture institute, textbook, or PhD program, there were more than 100 cellular agriculture companies around the world. If cellular agriculture is a city, it is one without public infrastructure. There are privately owned “houses” popping up everywhere, but the roads, bridges, sewers, and public squares – all of which are […]
2022: The Year(s) in Review
Our annual year-in-review community call looked back on our past 10 years of progress and what the field needs moving forward.
Double your donation with our 2022 gift match!
A cell ag pioneer is matching all donations up to $150,000 this giving season. There’s no time like the present to make a gift!
New Harvest Absorbs Cellular Agriculture Canada
We will be elevating and carrying on Cellular Agriculture Canada’s legacy through our work in Canada and beyond.
Launching Stichting New Harvest Netherland
History, partnerships, and momentum: why the Netherlands is important for the cellular agriculture ecosystem everywhere.
Launching the Open Access Fund 2022
It’s International Open Access Week, so we’re raising $22,000 to ensure all of our publications are fully open.
Launching the New Harvest OpenCellAg Repository
It’s International Open Access Week! No better way to celebrate than to share a repository of open assets.
Cultured Meat Needs a Race to Mission, Not a Race to Market: Our piece in Nature Food
Nature Food has published a special issue on cellular agriculture, including a call to action for the cultured meat field co-authored by New Harvest.
Seven New Projects Powered by the Cell Ag Science Engine
This award-winning funding program seeks novel ways to fund science and technology for the public good. Here’s what we supported in cellular agriculture.
How to Become a Leader in Cellular Agriculture
Cellular agriculture is a nascent field; there is a vast void of leadership stories yet to be told.
Tell Us Your Impact Stories
Non-profit impact is hard to measure, especially for orgs like ours. We need your help.
Launching New Harvest Canada Inc.
Resources, talent, and infrastructure: Why expanding into Canada is important for the cellular agriculture ecosystem everywhere
Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) is critical to cell ag’s success
But what is it, and what is New Harvest doing about it?
The New New Harvest
Over a month ago, our Executive Director called an Emergency Town Hall to discuss the future of New Harvest given a dwindling runway. The following newsletter update was sent out to share the enormous fundraise that arose from that call for help and the steps the organization pursued to ensure its impact going forward. Dear […]
Remember #NewHarvest2022? Feels like just yesterday we were all together, taking the world’s largest group photo at Newlab in Brooklyn! Thanks to all of you who showed up—in body, mind, or spirit—to stand in solidarity with our mission this year. We put out a call to our community and you rallied together in a monumental […]
Our 2021 Annual Report
Proof of what a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can accomplish together
Emergency town hall
In light of changes to our financial outlook, executive director Isha Datar will be hosting an emergency town hall June 10th at 3:30pm EST at our conference. Those unable to attend the conference can participate virtually.
Critical UN climate report demands more safety research for cultured meat
Phase two of New Harvest’s safety initiative will fill in key research gaps, pending donor support.
We’re hiring a community engagement associate
We’re looking for someone who is passionate about storytelling to support our newsletter, content development, and social media.
New Harvest’s safety initiative cited in FAO report
In addition to giving cell-based food production its own section, the FAO heavily features New Harvest’s safety paper.
New Harvest-funded research cited in latest IPCC report
Cultured meat and cellular agriculture made appearances in the latest IPCC report as ways to limit pressures on finite natural resources.
New Harvest is seeking a creative and collaborative Graphic Design Intern to elevate our visual brand and communicate our unique voice.
Save the date! New Harvest 2022 will be June 9 and 10 in NYC
After a two-year hiatus, we are bringing back New Harvest’s annual conference. The event will be live and in-person.
New Harvest is seeking a talented Accounting and Tax Compliance Manager! They will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s day to day financial operations as well as ensuring that we are compliant with government regulations and tax laws in the countries and regions in which we operate.
Announcing New Harvest’s cell ag crowdfunding challenge on Experiment.com
We’re teaming up with Robert Downey Jr.’s FootPrint Coalition and the Experiment Foundation to get “unfundable” projects off the ground.
The Idiot’s Guide to our Research Portfolio
I have a confession. Even after a year with New Harvest, I still struggle to wrap my head around what all of our 27 research grantees are up to. So many amazing projects, so little time to keep track of them all. I figure if I’m struggling, you might be too! So I created a […]
Getting to know…Dwayne Holmes, Director of Responsible Research and Innovation
Dwayne Holmes is our new Director of Responsible Research and Innovation, a role created to help us advance our updated mission to “maximize the positive impact of cellular agriculture.” He joins us from Mosa Meat, where he led quality assurance and regulatory work. Based out of the Netherlands, Dwayne will be expanding New Harvest’s work in Europe and Asia.
Natalie among the world’s first cell ag PhDs
From New Harvest intern to research fellow, Natalie makes history as one of a handful of people with graduate degrees in growing meat from cells instead of animals.
What movement building means to us
By building a community of cell ag researchers across the world, we’ve built a movement that has momentum of its own.
New Harvest submits recommendation to USDA for how to label cell-cultured meat and poultry
We ask that the USDA follows a descriptive, rather than prescriptive, approach to naming.
Donate this December and your gift will be matched
This month, a generous donor is matching all gifts up to $100,000. Double your impact and match your gift today!
New Report! Cellular Agriculture: Canada’s $12.5 Billion Opportunity in Food Innovation
New report from Ontario Genomics highlights the potential of cellular agriculture in Canada – $12.5B and 142,000 jobs – and proposes three actions for moving forward
Six takeaways from our year-in-review call
Yesterday, New Harvest held our second annual year-in-review call, a tradition started last year to catch up with donors and community members and field questions over Zoom. Thank you to all 80+ community members who zoomed in from around the world, from New Zealand to Budapest!
We’re an Animal Charity Evaluators Standout Charity
We’re so excited to announce that we’re one of a handful of charities recommended by the Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) this year! ACE is an independent research organization that assesses the effectiveness and impact of nonprofits working to improve the lives of animals. Since 2014, ACE has reviewed more than 500 charities to determine their […]
Our land acknowledgment: A developing practice
At New Harvest, we take seriously our responsibility to reflect on the history and legacy of colonialism, to situate ourselves within it, and to chart a way forward to dismantle ongoing settler-colonial practices. As a starting place for this work, we’re in the process of developing a land acknowledgment. Rather than a token, inert gesture, […]
Watch Isha Datar’s TED talk on cellular agriculture
New Harvest Executive Director Isha Datar explains how cultured meat can disrupt animal agriculture AND create a more just, democratic food system.
New Harvest publishes cell ag’s first safety paper
An unprecedented example of collective action, 50 leading companies shared previously unpublished details about their manufacturing process with New Harvest to inform safety recommendations for cell-cultured meat and seafood.
Why we don’t sign NDAs
Impeding the flow of information misaligns with New Harvest’s role as a public charity.
Rethinking our grant programs
With our new mission, New Harvest is taking our programming back to the lab.
Working at a Nonprofit Shouldn’t Mean Bad Pay, Even for Interns
Why we’re making our compensation philosophy public.
Announcing New Harvest’s 2021 Grantees
In 2021, New Harvest welcomed 10 new grantees to our research community, bringing our total number of active researchers to 30. Here’s a sneak peak of what they’re working on.
2020 Greatest Hits
A highlight reel of our 2020 Annual Report. More than anything, this is a tribute to our community—a testament to what we can achieve when we work together to ensure cellular agriculture delivers on its promises sooner rather than later.
“What Questions Should We Be Asking About Cell-Based Meats?” A Fellow Responds.
Last month, Forbes contributor Errol Schweizer published a list of questions about cell-based meat, requesting more information from cell ag stakeholders about issues like growth media, antibiotics, and food safety. Andrew Stout, a PhD candidate in bioengineering at Tufts University, took a stab at answering Schweizer’s questions from his perspective as a cultured meat researcher.
New Harvest Seed Grantee Seeks Beta Testers for Cell Counting App
Santiago Campuzano developed the mobile app SCellyCus to automate the process of counting cells—a fundamental and tedious step of most cultured meat experiments. He is looking for beta testers to help him improve the app.
Getting to know…John Pattison and Ian Johnson of Cultured Decadence
John Pattison and Ian Johnson co-founded Cultured Decadence, a cellular agriculture seafood company developing cell-cultured lobster, in 2020. Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Cultured Decadence is one of the only cellular agriculture companies in the Midwest, and the only company in the United States targeting shellfish. At the beginning of April, Cultured Decadence raised $1.6 million in a pre-seed round and received the first state funding for a cellular agriculture company (1).
I spoke to John—a former New Harvest intern and the current treasurer on our board of directors—to hear about his experience starting a company. Ian also joined the call to share his technical perspective.
Cellular Agriculture and Food Security in Canada
We are excited to announce a collaboration with Dr. Lenore Newman and Dr. Robert Newell at the University of Fraser Valley Food and Agriculture Institute (FAI) to investigate the viability of localized cellular agriculture industry in Canada.
How the New Harvest community coined the term cellular agriculture
Discussions about nomenclature typically revolve around what to call lab-grown meat. Cultured meat? Clean meat? Or my personal favorite, immaculate meat? But other terms had to be created for this work to progress, one of which was subject to surprisingly little debate.
We Changed Our Mission, Here’s Why 🚀
In late 2020, New Harvest decided to update our mission statement. Our new mission is about ensuring cellular agriculture delivers on its promise to make the world a better place.
Getting to Know…Stephanie Bailey, Development Manager
Stephanie Bailey is New Harvest’s new Development Manager. A University of Alberta alum like Isha, Stephanie brings a vision to grow and strengthen New Harvest’s generosity network.
Getting to know…Yadira Tejeda-Saldana, Research Collaborations Director
Yadira Tejeda-Saldana is New Harvest’s new Research Collaborations Director. Her food science and policy background comes to the team at the perfect time as New Harvest starts to look at maximizing the positive impact of cellular agriculture.
Getting to know…Vanessa Haley-Benjamin, Research Fellow
Vanessa Haley-Benjamin is a New Harvest Research Fellow whose work began on August 1, 2020. A Bahamian native, her research centers around the development of cultured mollusks.
Getting to know…Dr. Paige Wilcoxson, COO
Dr. Paige Wilcoxson joined the New Harvest team in June 2020 as the COO. With her background in psychology and social justice, she’s brought a unique perspective to help progress New Harvest’s work and mission.
Getting to know…Morgan Ziegelski, Science Communications Intern
Morgan Ziegelski is a Science Communications Intern at New Harvest. A second year chemical engineering major at Georgia Tech passionate about cell ag, she’s the new voice of the New Harvest Instagram and TikTok.
Getting to know…Gaby Floratos, Science Communications Intern
Gaby Floratos is one of the New Harvest Science Communications Interns. The new voice of the New Harvest Twitter and Linkedin, Gaby is bringing her technological background and passion for cell ag to the team.
Getting to know…Breanna Duffy, Research Operations and Outreach Director
Breanna (Bre) Duffy is New Harvest’s new Research Operations and Outreach Director. Her years of tissue engineering experience bring technical skills and a drive for change to the team.
Announcing New Harvest’s 2020 Grantees
In 2020, New Harvest welcomed 13 new grantees to our research community, bringing our total number of current researchers to 26. We were able to DOUBLE our research program—in a pandemic no less—thanks to the generous support of New Harvest donors.
Without further ado…meet New Harvest’s 2020 cohort of cell ag pioneers!
A Recap of New Harvest’s 2020 Year in Review Zoom Call with the Team
New Harvest decided to kick off our end-of-year fundraising live and on Zoom. Without the conference this past summer, we wanted a way to show our community all that we’ve accomplished. In the spirit of the conference, we asked our audience some questions on Slido along the way. We also, of course, used the platform […]
New Harvest is hiring for three new roles: Development Manager, Research Operations Manager, and Research Collaborations Director. Read more about the positions below!
The Kaplan Lab at Tufts University Publishes Undergraduate Cell Ag Course Online
New Harvest fellows Andrew, Natalie, and John hope their course materials can be a resource for students and educators at other institutions.
What Will Our Plates Look Like in 2050?
By 2050, we’re expected to have to feed 10 billion people. The problem is, that’s much easier said than done. The current way we approach agriculture and food production in the western world is super inefficient and not sustainable for the long term. If we attempt to feed that many people with our current methods, it […]
How the United States plans to regulate Cultured Meat
In October 2018, the CEO of alternative protein company JUST, Josh Tetrick, wrote a message to American Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. But, it didn’t talk about the overwhelming amount of rules and regulations that was preventing his cellular agriculture company from bringing products to market. Rather, it talked about the underwhelming amount of rules and […]
The Buzzing Future of Food: An Introduction to Entomoculture
You may have heard of cellular agriculture — the science of growing animal products without the animal. In recent years, it has emerged as an interesting idea for alternative protein generation. The main argument for this technology is that it has the potential to decrease the negative effects food production has on the environment (intensive resource use, […]
Biotechnology, Cellular Agriculture, and the Human Right to Food
This article was originally written by New Harvest Dissertation Awardee Mike McLellan for the American Association for the Advancement of Science “Science and Human Rights” 2020 student essay competition. It is republished here in full.
by Mike McLellan
New Harvest Grants First Dissertation Award
At the start of the pandemic, New Harvest granted Mike McLellan our very first dissertation award to support a novel workaround for animal serum in the production of cultured meat.
Unlike other serum-free media projects, Mike isn’t trying to develop a replacement “substance” to Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS). Instead, Mike is developing a muscle culture “trophic support cell” (TSC) that will provide the same growth factors typically provided by animal serum. This TSC could be co-cultured with muscle cells to precipitate their differentiation into muscle tissue. Theoretically, this will function as a proof of concept for serum-free tissue culture.
I called Mike to learn about his research, but the conversation snowballed into an interrogation of Winston Churchill’s fame within cellular agriculture and discussion about how COVID-19 radicalized Mike’s vision for cultured meat’s role in food security.
How Myogenesis is Stimulated In Vitro
Cellular agriculture has to do with creating animal products without the animal. When it comes to creating meat products, this requires us to be able to turn individual cells into fully formed muscle tissue without using the biological capabilities of an animal. We more or less have to start with what an animal starts with and end […]
Breaking down the Good Food Institute’s Essential 8 Culture Media Analysis
A culture medium is a substance containing all the essential nutrients like carbohydrates, fats, proteins, salts, and vitamins which a cell needs to grow. As the culture medium diffuses into the cell, the cell will grow, divide and the cell line will “proliferate”. Culture medium is an instrumental part of cellular agriculture and generating cultured tissue because it’s effectively […]
How Insects Could Completely Change the Way We Approach Protein
When I was in the first grade, I had a friend, who we’ll call Timmy. Timmy was an interesting character, and he had this need to really try and stand out. However, he did so not by playing sports, or by doing well in school, but by eating random materials he found around our school. Everyone knew […]
New Harvest Partners With the Cellular Agriculture Online Symposium for Summer Webinar Series
Every Tuesday and Thursday for the month of June, New Harvest will be live-tweeting cultured meat webinars hosted by the Cellular Agriculture Online Symposium.
Research Director Kate Krueger Leaves New Harvest to Start Helikon Consulting
After almost three years on the New Harvest team, Kate is moving on from her role as Research Director to start Helikon Consulting. Kate will be filling a gap in the for-profit side of cellular agriculture, doing technical consulting and talent scouting in alternative proteins and cell-based meat.
Getting to know…Alexis Garrett, New Harvest Research Fellow
Alexis Garrett is a New Harvest Research Fellow developing scaffolds for cultured meat at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. With unique insight into the manufacturing challenges of cell culture, Alexis is using her engineering background to solve problems related to speed and texture in cultured meat production.
Cultured Meat: Pet Food Edition
Pet food might be the underdog of lab-grown meat, but Bond Pet Foods and Because Animals say the chances of scientific success and consumer acceptance increase when the stakes are lowered.
How To Grow Cultured Meat Without Immortalized Cell Lines And Growth Factors
IntegriCulture’s presentation for the now canceled New Harvest 2020 conference.
How Will Cultured Meat Affect Farmers?
Shojinmeat Project’s presentation for the now canceled New Harvest 2020 conference.
New Harvest X IRNAS Bioreactor Begins Next Phase of Testing
This summer, researchers at the University of Maribor in Slovenia will study how cells grow and survive in the prototype.
Open Call for Cellular Agriculture Manuscript Submissions Until November 30
New Harvest Fellow Dr. Ricardo Gouveia is guest editing a special issue of the International Journal of Molecular Sciences devoted entirely to cellular agriculture. This issue, entitled “Current Advances in Cellular Agriculture,” welcomes articles with a strong focus on cell and stem cell biology, microbiology, molecular and synthetic biology, and biochemical/metabolic engineering, as well as other intersecting topics related to promoting the advancement of cellular agriculture. The deadline for manuscript submissions is November 30, 2020.
New Harvest is seeking a talented Chief Operating Officer to develop the organizational capacity to unlock the next phase of growth and development to scale New Harvest’s signature programs and impact.
Getting to know…Stephanie Kawecki, New Harvest Research Fellow
Stephanie Kawecki is a New Harvest Research Fellow pioneering a method for growing muscle and fat cells together at UCLA. Having previously interned at Beyond Meat, where she compared compounds in the company’s signature plant-based meat products to compounds in actual meat, Stephanie has experience in both the plant-based and cell-based meat industries.
New Harvest 2020 Canceled Due to Public Health Concerns Surrounding COVID-19
In the face of such uncertainty, we cannot continue planning for an event which might jeopardize the health and safety of our community.
Open Call for #NewHarvest2020 Programming Suggestions
Nominate a speaker or panel topic! Applications close Friday, March 13.
Inside BIOMILQ: A Cell Ag Company Growing Breastmilk From Isolated Human Mammary Cells
Leila Strickland and Michelle Egger are on a mission to make something as digestible as human milk, but as practical as infant formula.
New Harvest Funds Serum-Free Media for Cell-Based Seafood
Inside New Harvest Fellow Cameron Semper’s project to culture fish cells without fetal bovine serum.
How Isha’s Paper Helped Launch the Cultured Meat Industry
Exactly ten years later, the story of the paper that started it all.
ICYMI: #NewHarvest2019 Recap
Conference volunteer Kevin Melman reflects on his very first New Harvest cellular agriculture conference.
#NewHarvest2019 Slido Stats
Highlights from the archive of audience-submitted questions
ICYMI: Erin’s Recap of #NewHarvest2018
On July 20 and 21st, we held the 3rd New Harvest cellular agriculture conference at the MIT Media Lab.
New Harvest Seeks Engagement Director
For the past five years, we have been advancing innovative food biotechnology at New Harvest. It’s been quite a journey, growing a new organization, a new community, and being at the forefront of a new field and industry. We’re incredibly proud of the work that we’ve done. Central to this work is our community. We’ve been […]
New Harvest Seeks Executive Assistant
For the past five years, we have been advancing innovative food biotechnology at New Harvest. It’s been quite a journey, growing a new organization, a new community, and being at the forefront of a new field and industry. We’re incredibly proud of the work that we’ve done. Bringing the organization from zero to steady state growth […]
A Recap of the FDA’s Public Meeting on Foods Produced Using Animal Cell Culture Technology
The New Harvest team travelled to D.C. last week, to participate in the FDA’s much-anticipated public meeting on Foods Produced Using Animal Cell Culture Technology, held on July 12th. Our Executive Director Isha Datar was invited to speak on a panel, and Research Director Kate Krueger delivered a public comment.
New Harvest’s Audited 2017 Financials
Good news: our research program is scalable!
How Will We Regulate Cellular Agriculture?
Vince Sewalt, Global Lead, Product Stewardship & Regulatory at DuPont Industrial Biosciences shares his insights from the enzyme industry
A Word From Our Research Fellows
Since 2015, New Harvest has grown its team of Research Fellows from one pioneering scientist in cellular agriculture to an international, multi-disciplinary, collaborative team of six! Supporting and sharing the work of these trailblazing scientists is core to New Harvest’s mission — and it has only been made possible thanks to the ongoing support of individual donors, just like you.
Today, the New Harvest Research Fellows are paving the way for future generations of scientists in cellular agriculture to take the field to new and greater depths. Our hope is to be able to fund and democratize even more of this kind of research, so that a future industry can be established on a robust academic foundation that is as accessible and transparent as possible. Read on to find out what being a New Harvest Research Fellow or a principal investigator has meant for our team, in their own words.
New Harvest’s Year In Review 2017
There’s nothing better than looking back at all that we’ve accomplished in the year.
To our donors: thank you for making this work possible. We’re continuing to change the way animal products are made thanks to your much needed help.
How New Harvest Spends On Research
Thinking of making a contribution to New Harvest’s cellular agriculture research this year?
This look into how we make our funding decisions may help you make a more informed decision to give.
The Finances of #NewHarvest2017
How much does it cost to put on a cellular agriculture conference anyway?
Live Audience Interaction at #NewHarvest2017
To encourage an active and engaged dialogue, we used Sli.do to mediate audience participation at the New Harvest 2017 conference.
ICYMI: Here’s a recap of #NewHarvest2017
New Harvest volunteer Jason Weiss recounts two days of talks, exhibits, and networking at #NewHarvest2017.
Welcome New Harvest’s Three New Research Fellows
Meet the three scientists — from the US, UK, and Canada — who will be advancing breakthroughs in cellular agriculture starting this fall!
“Why I give to New Harvest” – A word from our donors
New Harvest has come a long way since starting out twelve years ago as the organization which brought cultured meat from a seemingly far off sci fi concept to real, news making science that regular people can get excited about. It’s no easy feat to set out to achieve a goal as far-reaching as ours, but the progress that we are making is significant – and it gets more exciting as the momentum continues to build.
Getting to Know…Natalie Rubio
In addition to being one of New Harvest’s first interns, Natalie Rubio is a New Harvest Research Fellow working on a PhD in Cellular Agriculture under Dr. David Kaplan at Tufts University. Before relocating to Boston for her PhD studies, Natalie got a taste of the San Francisco tech scene working at Quartzy, and she also helped out in the early days of Perfect Day Foods (then Muufri) while completing her B.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. Read on to get to know Natalie!
We Closed Our First Research Project
On May 1, 2017, Abi Glencross discontinued her research at King’s College London focused on 3D vascularized tissue for the production of cultured meat. It was the first New Harvest-funded Fellowship Project, and it began in November 2015.
The NAS Report On How To Regulate Future Biotechnology Products is Out…. Now what?
Vince Sewalt, Senior Director of Product Stewardship & Regulatory at DuPont guest blogs with his thoughts on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s report on Future Products of Biotechnology, and its shortcomings with respect to cellular agriculture.
What Does This Artisanal Meat Producer Think About Cultured Meat?
Illtud Dunsford comes from a centuries long line of farmers in Wales, and is an award-winning producer of artisanal meats as founder of Charcutier Ltd. He is also a Nuffield scholar.
The Nuffield Farming Scholarship program was established by William Morris, the grandson of a farmer. After working as a bicycle repairman in Oxford, England, Morris began making newer bicycle models, and eventually started a motor car business.
Realizing in the then-early stages of the car industry that he should seek best practices, Morris travelled to Detroit to learn how reliable, lower cost cars were being produced in America. His model, the Morris Cowley, was able to compete with Henry Ford thanks to mass production principles learned in the United States. Morris became a leading industrialist and philanthropist, and was honored with the title Lord Nuffield.
The Nuffield Foundation was established in 1943, and by 1947 its scope of objectives had widened to include agricultural advancement. The purpose of the Nuffield Farm Scholarship program is for scholars to “search out and bring back to farmers in the UK details of good and innovative agricultural husbandry, from different parts of the globe.”
Illtud’s studies led him to the discovery of cellular agriculture, at the 1st International Symposium on Cultured Meat at Maastricht University in 2015. Illtud’s final report documenting his world travels with the Nuffield program includes a chapter on cultured meat, and New Harvest community member David Leibowitz has provided a synopsis of this chapter below.
New Harvest’s 2016 Unaudited Financials
Curious how New Harvest earns and spends its money?
We’re happy to present our 2016 financials — not yet audited, keep in mind — to give you a better idea.
Getting to Know… Yuki Hanyu of the Shojinmeat Project
The Shojinmeat Project is an inter-disciplinary collaborative project aimed at the development of cultured meat in Japan. The project consists of a number of volunteers working in a variety of “clusters” in both scientific and non-scientific subject areas, giving rise to the startup Integriculture Inc.
Erin had the opportunity to chat with Yuki Hanyu, founder of the Shojinmeat Project, about the history and vision behind the initiative. Yuki works full-time at the Shojinmeat Project and Integriculture Inc., and lives just south of Tokyo, Japan.
We’re Hiring a Research Director!
Are you a scientist who absolutely loves New Harvest’s work but is looking for a change from the lab environment? We have just the opportunity for you! We’re looking for a community-oriented scientist to direct New Harvest’s research efforts.
2016 Fundraising Results
We couldn’t be happier to share that thanks to you, we not only met but beat our fundraising goal of $750,000 for 2016! Together, we raised nearly $900,000 for open cellular agriculture research last year. Read on for the breakdown of our year end fundraise and what this means for our year ahead!
“What New Harvest Means to Me” – A word from our scientific community
Making cellular agriculture a reality is no small feat! It is a team effort, carried out by New Harvest’s network of scientific pioneers from various backgrounds working together on the challenges of culturing meat piece by piece. For many of the scientists in our community, dedicating their careers to the advancement of cellular agriculture was a dream that could only have been made possible via a grant from New Harvest. Since New Harvest is funded completely by donors, we are essentially crowdfunding a new field of science on a global scale.
Our small but growing team of Research Fellows are on the front lines of this work, paving the way for even more future cellular agriculturists to produce meat, milk, eggs, leather, and other animal products without animals. Read on to find out in their own words what being a part of the New Harvest community has meant to them.
Cultured Meat at Kent State University
In the fall of 2016, New Harvest was able to provide a grant to Research Fellow Jess Krieger at Kent State University. Jess is completing her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology, and is using her expertise in tissue engineering to solve some of the technical challenges of growing cultured meat.
Perceptions of Cellular Agriculture: Key Findings from Qualitative Research
While there is still much hard science to be done to bring cultured meat to grocery stores, it is important to note that the potential benefits of cellular agriculture will only be realized if consumers accept the technology and its products.
ELI and New Harvest to Explore Public Reactions to Cellular Agriculture
A Post-Animal Bioeconomy: Environmental Law Institute and New Harvest to Explore Public Reactions to Cellular Agriculture Washington D.C., New York, NY (November 2, 2016) — The Environmental Law institute (ELI) and New Harvest announced today the launch of a new project to explore public perceptions and attitudes towards the production and consumption of synthetically engineered […]
Getting to Know… Mike Selden
We’re #blessed to have Michael Selden join New Harvest as our intern this fall! Mike holds a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Umass Amherst and has taught Chemistry to high schoolers as well as having worked in labs dealing with invasive fungi that threaten our food supply and the biomechanics of mantis shrimp and cancer biology.
As a lover of science and an environmentalist, Michael believes in using all of the technology that we have to help grow our food supply while shrinking our environmental impact.
New Harvest Attends the AC21 in D.C.
New Harvest community member Tobi Ogunnaike attended day 1 of the AC21 in D.C. earlier this month. The purpose of the AC21 was to provide information and advice to the Secretary of Agriculture on the broad array of issues related to the expanding dimensions and importance of agricultural biotechnology, including the long-term impacts of biotechnology on […]
Getting to Know… Joshua March
For our first donor profile in our Getting to Know series, we sat down with Joshua March, CEO and Founder of Conversocial, a provider of software which enables companies to deliver customer service in real time through social media. Josh is a longtime cultured meat enthusiast who became a donor and dedicated member of the New Harvest community after finding out about us in 2015.
New Harvest’s Public Comment on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture
The US Department of Agriculture is holding a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21) from September 8 – 9 in Washington, D.C.
New Harvest has submitted a public comment on cellular agriculture to this meeting, which can be read in full below:
New Harvest Research Fellow Abi Glencross receives King’s College Global Research Award!
New Harvest’s first grant recipient Abi Glencross (PhD candidate in cellular agriculture at King’s College London) is receiving The King’s College Global Research Award! This is an opportunity for researchers to undertake research or work in order to develop international university partnerships.
The awardees research aligns with one or more of the following global themes:
Defence and Security
Culture & Identity
To undertake this research, Abi will be crossing the pond to study under Dr. Andrew Pelling at the Pelling Lab in Ottawa, Canada in 2017!
Abi describes what this work will entail in her entry for the New Harvest blog.
What is Cellular Agriculture?
New Harvest Communications Director Erin explains some of the processes that fall under cellular agriculture in plain English. A version of this article was originally published in AgFunder in July 2016.
Notes from the 2016 Cellular Agriculture Innovators’ Workshop
On July 14, 2016, New Harvest hosted the first invitation-only workshop for industry, academic and government stakeholders in cellular agriculture.
An Inside Look at New Harvest 2016!
It’s been a couple of weeks since New Harvest 2016 – this is Erin’s “NH True Hollywood story” of how it all went down.
We often joked in the office that there was something very wedding-like about it, with all the prep, nerves, and the actual day being a dreamy blur. So this is my attempt to describe what the world’s first cellular agriculture conference was like, from my perspective.
Feedback from #NewHarvest2016
We sent out a survey to everyone who attended our conference! Here are the results.
This Space Tourist is a Cultured Meat Philanthropist
It was at lunch time, minutes before I was going to present some ideas on biotech regulation over livestream, when I got the Skype call.
It was The Shuttleworth Foundation saying they would be funding my work with New Harvest!
Cellular Agriculture at Tufts University
New Harvest is funding the first graduate student fellowship program for cellular agriculture research at Tufts University, and Natalie Rubio is the first grantee. Natalie Rubio will begin working in Professor David Kaplan’s biomaterials-focused lab on August 1, 2016, funded by New Harvest through the New Harvest Cultured Tissue Fellowship.
Audience Participation through Live Q&A at #NewHarvest2016
At our conference last week, we used Sli.do instead of a more traditional Q&A session after each panel. Our hope was to encourage a more active and engaging dialogue between the audience and panelists.
It was a huge success.
The audience submitted questions via Sli.do on their phones/laptops, and the stream of questions was projected onto a screen for the speakers to see in real-time. The audience could upvote their favorite questions, which would then make their way to the top of the stream as they garnered more likes.
Regulation, Labelling, and Cellular Agriculture – Seriously, Not as Boring as it Sounds
Isha’s reflections on being invited to present to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on the regulation of future products of biotechnology.
A Dairy Farmer’s Perspective on Cellular Agriculture
Rebecca Ruth Seidel is the dairy manager and cheesemaker of Wholesome Dairy Farms, a grazing operation in rural Pennsylvania. As a 4th generation dairy farmer, decade-long vegetarian, and former Penn State American Studies graduate student, she’s interested in the intersection of animal ethics, scientific progress, and the American diet. Rebecca shares her perspective on cellular agriculture as a current dairy farmer in her first guest post for the New Harvest blog.
New Harvest invited by the USDA to help change federal policy on biotech
New Harvest has been invited to participate in an incredible opportunity to shape U.S. regulatory policy for biotechnology products.
Getting to know… Marianne Ellis, Biochemical Engineer
Marianne Ellis is a Biochemical Engineer at the University of Bath with expertise in integrated bioprocess design for large-scale cell culture. Her work involves the design and fabrication of the bioreactors in which cultured meat cells grow!
New Harvest funds fundamental research for the production of cultured chicken meat
Leading Avian Tissue Researcher Begins Research On The Production of Chicken Meat without Chickens
Afineur: Creating More Flavorful and Nutritious Foods with Microbes
The Story The most expensive coffee in the world is called Kopi Luwak. It costs upwards of $80 per cup, due to both its exceptional taste and unusual origin. That’s because it’s made from coffee beans that have been partially digested, and then excreted, by the Asian palm civet – a relative of the mongoose […]
Cultured Avian Tissue
New Harvest is supporting a foundational cultured avian tissue research project for the purpose of creating chicken and turkey meat without animals at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University. The project is led by Dr. Paul Mozdziak, an expert in animal cell culture techniques, transgenic animal production, and muscle biology. He is assisted by graduate student Marie Gibbons. New Harvest’s financial support to the team at NCSU will total $118,800, provided over 2 years.
Getting to know… Daan Luining, New Harvest Intern
Daan Luining is one of only a handful of cultured meat researchers in the world. He spent the first year of his Masters program working in Dr. Mark Post’s lab (Maastricht University, The Netherlands). Now, Daan is completing the MBA portion of his degree in New York; using his expertise to implement scientific strategy for New Harvest.
Cultured beef: medical technology to produce food (Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 2014)
This publication by Mark Post was summarized by Tom Ben-Arye, with edits by Jason Weiss. The original paper can be accessed here.
Challenges and prospects for consumer acceptance of cultured meat (Journal of Integrative Agriculture, 2015)
This publication by Vebeke, et. al was summarized by Jason Ketola, with edits by Danielle Torrise. The original paper can be accessed here.
Gelzen: Building a Better Gelatin
Building food with biology opens new possibilities. Gelzen is making custom materials, like designer gelatin. Here is a peek at a gummy candy the Gelzen team made with mastodon gelatin.
What Can We Learn From the Successes and Failures of Other Non-Conventional Foods?
Insights From a Community Discussion on FDA Approval of Genetically Engineered AquaAdvantage Salmon
AquaAdvantage is a salmon, developed by AquaBounty Inc., that has been genetically enhanced to grow more quickly in order to reach market size quicker than conventional salmon. On November 19, 2015, AquaBounty announced that it had received approval from the U.S. FDA for production, sale, and human consumption.
Cultured meat: every village its own factory? (Trends in Biotechnology, 2014)
This publication by Van der Weele, C., et. al was summarized by Tyler Knox, with edits by Danielle Torrise. The original paper can be accessed here.
3D Vascularized Tissue: The Cultured Steak
In 2015, Abi Glencross put together a PhD proposal with Dr. Mark Post (of the world’s first cultured hamburger) for a project focused on creating cultured meat. Specifically, to work on 3D vascularized muscle tissue. She applied for grants but couldn’t get any funding. We believed this was the kind of early-stage groundwork that is key to building the field of cellular agriculture, so we worked with Abi to get her project funding by New Harvest donors at MaxMind.
A novel approach for in vitro meat production (Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 2015)
This publication by Pandurangan, et. al was summarized by Tom Ben-Arye, with edits by Jason Weiss. The original paper can be accessed here.
Getting to know… Abi Glencross, New Harvest Research Fellow
Abi Glencross is a New Harvest Research Fellow and PhD student in London working to create “steak without cows.” Abi talks to us about the difficulties in growing muscle tissues larger than .5mm, designing bioreactors, and blurring the line between art and science.
2015 Fundraising Results and Donor Stats
2015 was a big deal for New Harvest because it was the first time we had to deliver on a restricted donation.
Sothic Bioscience: Protecting Human Lives While Preserving an Ancient Species
The Story Sothic Bioscience is reimagining the unsustainable product that lies at the heart of our entire pharmaceutical industry. While most people haven’t heard of LAL (Limulus Amebocyte Lysate), it is essential to preserving human health. LAL is a reagent (a substance that causes a chemical reaction) that reacts with harmful toxins and bacteria. This […]
The environmental prospects of cultured meat in China (Journal of Integrative Agriculture, 2015)
This publication by Zhi-chang, S., et al. was summarized by Jason Weiss, with edits by Utony Nguyen. The original paper can be accessed here.
Excitability and isometric contractile properties of mammalian skeletal muscle constructs engineered in vitro (In Vitro Cell. Dev. Biol. – Animal, 2000)
This publication by Dennis, R., et. al. was summarized by Utony Nguyen, with edits by John Nahay. The original paper can be accessed here.
Donate this December and have your gift matched!
This month, the Jeremy Coller Foundation is matching all gifts up to a total of $100,000. Double your impact and match your gift today!
How Trees Stand* in the Paris Agreement
What does the Paris Agreement on climate change mean for the future of the livestock supply chain? Does it bind parties to adopt sustainable, safe, and affordable animal protein supply chains like cellular agriculture? Spoiler alert: no, it does not. However, it does call on parties to protect forests. That’s a first step in a long journey we only have a short time to take.
3D printing of highly stretchable and tough hydrogels into complex, cellularized structures (Advanced Materials, 2015)
This publication by Hong, S., et. al. was summarized by John Nahay, with edits by Danielle Torrise. The original paper can be accessed here.
How can we solve climate change without tackling the livestock supply chain?
As the world community is negotiating a climate deal this week, it sees clean energy as the central solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions but turns a blind eye on clean animal products even though livestock production accounts for up to near 20% of global emissions. Just like renewable energy and clean tech are part of the solution, cellular agriculture technologies are needed to extend our lease of life on earth.
Solutions to our broken livestock supply chain must be brought at the heart of the negotiations for a climate deal to be impactful.
2015 Year in Review
New Harvest’s 2015 year at a glance!
Getting to know… Symon, Bohdan, Tucker, and Nick, New Harvest’s Re-designers
New Harvest launched a new website and visual presence today. Symon, Bohdan, and Tucker of ALSO Collective helped us put it together, with the help of Nick’s amazing illustrations.
Enviromental Impacts of Cultured Meat
In 2008, New Harvest funded an environmental impact assessment of cultured meat compared to conventionally produced livestock at Oxford University by Hanna Tuomisto. It was published in Environmental Science & Technology in 2011 and can be accessed here. It was the first time there were numbers associated with the environmental benefit of cultured meat and has […]
Perfect Day Foods: Dairy Without Compromise
Perfect Day Foods is a San Francisco-based cellular agriculture company making milk from cell culture. Isha (our Executive Director) founded Muufri (as it was then known, until they rebranded as Perfect Day in August 2016) with Ryan and Perumal in April 2014. As of 2016, they’ve raised over $2 million, made their first prototype, and have directed considerable interest and funding to the field of cellular agriculture through their huge press exposure.
Clara Foods: Egg Whites Without Hens
Clara Foods is a San Francisco-based cellular agriculture company making egg whites from cell culture. New Harvest launched Clara Foods in November 2014 by connecting David Anchel and Arturo Elizondo, who at the time were just two members of the New Harvest Community. What started as the New Harvest Egg Project has now raised over $1.75 million!
*Note: In October, 2021 Clara Foods rebranded to The EVERY Company
Mark Post’s Cultured Beef
In August 2013, the first cell-cultured hamburger was cooked and tasted live on air in London, England. Professor Mark Post created the burger at the University of Maastricht. However, the majority of the muscle strands were grown in media with fetal bovine serum. In early 2015, New Harvest provided Mark’s lab with $50,000 to conduct additional research towards a completely animal-free system for growing cultured meat.
ICYMI: The Edible Bioeconomy in SF
The event was a way for people who are involved and interested in cultured animal products to have the chance to taste and hear firsthand about what has been developed thus far, while engaging in discussions about how to tackle practical challenges like what language can be used to describe these kinds of products, how […]
The Black Rhino Genome Project – New Harvest June 2015 Newsletter
New Harvest partnering with Pembient and the University of Washington on open source project
Food Futures (Un)Defined
Is cultured meat one of the “four futures?” In a new article the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN) has developed a look at what various groups consider the “meat problem”, and from there developed four extreme scenarios about the future of meat. The issues they identified were a higher demand for food, the environmental cost […]
Biotechnology: Where We’ve Been; Where We Need to Go – Isha Datar Talk at The Empiricist League:
On May 6th, Isha Datar spoke at the Empiricist League’s meeting about the food of the future. But we start in the past: the history of biotechnology to make food favorites like beer, cheeses, yogurts, to create all the vegetables we know today. More recently, it’s also been able to give us new medicines and […]
Get Excited: The Edible Bioeconomy Salon Discussion
May 29th, New Harvest and Indie.Bio will be hosting a salon-style event to explore the new food bioeconomy. Come to San Francisco, chat about Muufri, Clara Foods, and Pembient, and sample nibbles from Tomato Sushi and Alchemy breweries! Check out details & register for the event here.
Join Us: The Edible Bioeconomy – New Harvest May 2015 Newsletter
Edible Bioeconomy Salon Discussion May 29 San Francisco / Overview of New Harvest in DC
International Cultured Meat Symposium! – New Harvest April 2015 Newsletter
The First International Cultured Meat Symposium: Speakers, Program, and Plans!
“Godfather of Cultured Meat” Willem Van Eelen Passes Away at 91
On February 24, 2015 the cultured meat movement lost one of its pioneers, Willem Frederik van Eelen.
Getting to know New Harvest: An Interview with Gilonne d’Origny
We just hired Gilonne d’Origny to be our new Development Director!
Meet our new Development Director and more… New Harvest April 2015 Newsletter
Gilonne D’Origny Hired As Developmental Director / Clara Foods Prepares To Reveal Egg White Prototype / Loss of “Godfather of Cultured Meat” / New York Event
$50,000 for Mark Post’s Lab – New Harvest February 2015 Newsletter
New Harvest Sends $50K to Mark Post’s Lab to Improve Cultured-Meat Burger / Upcoming Events / Job postings
$100K for NH Chicken-Free Egg Project – New Harvest February Newsletter
Chicken-Free Eggs In The Works / Meet the Community / Upcoming Events
Getting to know… Arturo Elizondo of Clara Foods
“Ultimately, I think people want to do the right thing. When sustainable, ethical products that are just better for people are affordable, you don’t have to use complicated arguments. The “invisible hand” will take care of that.” Arturo grew up a meat-eater in Texas – an unapologetically carnivorous state. A series of critical engagements with food […]
Getting to know… David Anchel of Clara Foods
“Cultured meat is the reason why I got into biology” David is a PhD cell biologist from Toronto who first started thinking about animal-free meat in 2000, when discussing “meat trees” with his father on a camping trip. An animal lover, he knew that animal farming could never have ideal welfare standards, and that producing meat […]
Join Muufri as Research and Development Intern
Muufri is seeking to hire an intern who will work closely with the R&D team to help run bioreactors, maintain laboratory stocks, troubleshoot and assist other team members. An excellent opportunity to acquire skills in metabolic engineering and strain development. Candidates for this position will should have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in bioengineering/chemical engineering/biotechnology […]
Cultured Chicken Study and Video, Food Tech Events & More – New Harvest January Newsletter
Israeli Cultured Chicken Study / Cultured vs. Meat in Derek Lau’s New Animation / Upcoming Events / Job Openings
Hiring a Full Time Development Director
New Harvest has been given a generous donation to hire a development director! The Development Director will focus on fundraising efforts while Isha Datar, our Executive Director, will focus on using these funds as effectively as possible to advance technologies to sustainably & affordably feed a growing global population. View the detailed job description here. To […]
Hiring a Cultured Meat PhD Research Associate
New Harvest Board Member Dr. Uma Valeti, MD, FACC is creating a center for cultured meat research at the University of Minnesota Faculty of Medicine. We are seeking a research associate who will be responsible for coordinating the scientific endeavors of the laboratory – overseeing and providing technical guidance for all investigations in the laboratory […]
The 2014 Numbers Are In! (Plus 2 Job Postings) – New Harvest January Newsletter
Fundraising Success / Plans for 2015 / Hiring
The World’s Leading Driver of Climate Change: Animal Agriculture
Andy Vrbicek suggests that the role of animal agriculture in climate change is vastly underestimated because of calculation parameters in this thought-provoking essay.
Getting to know… Derek Lau, Animator
“There seems to be a deep seated fear of cultured meat that I wanted to address in my video. It is not really a intuitive thing to tell people about, meat has always come from animals.” Derek Lau is a motion graphics designer from Australia, who recently graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a bachelor’s […]
Last Chance to Double Your Donation
As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, all donations to New Harvest are fully tax deductible. Donate before Dec 31 to have your donation in before the end of the tax year, and to double your deed! Give today.
Be a World Changing Visionary Too!
Hi Friends of New Harvest! It’s no question that New Harvest is advancing world changing technology. There is still time to help New Harvest achieve its mission to advance alternatives to conventionally produced meat. Any American donations received by Dec 31 are tax-deductible, as New Harvest is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization. Remember, giving what you can means being […]
Now Accepting Stock Donations!
Besides giving online, New Harvest is accepting stocks! You will receive a charitable deduction for the full market value with no capital gains tax. If you donate before December 31, your donations will be matched, moving even more towards projects for cultured meat and milk. The process is simple: for electronic delivery through Depository Trust Company, […]
Why Donors Donate
Join our forward-thinking community in advancing technologies to sustainably and affordably feed a growing global population.
We Were 34 Times More Effective This Year!
New Harvest spent less than $61K this year, and moved another $2.1 million towards cultured meat and milk. Every dollar donated was multiplied 34 times to help create a better future. Please consider giving to New Harvest this holiday season. Do it before December 31st and your dollar will be matched!
2014 Year in Review
New Harvest’s 2014 year at a glance!
2014’s Year End Gift Matching Campaign!
For the first time ever, New Harvest is doing a gift matching program. Donate today – there’s no time like the present to make a gift!
ICYMI: The Future of Meat Roundtable at MOFAD, NYC, Oct 16, 2014
Event attendees Benjamin Wurgaft and Kevin Schneider share their thoughts on the MOFAD roundtable event: The Future of Meat.
Getting to Know New Harvest: An Interview with Marko Vide
Marko Vide is a web designer, developer, advisor and project manager from Slovenia, who has been involved with the web industry since 1996 and started his freelance career in 2003.
Since that time he has worked for a great many of companies and organizations, many of which were human and animal rights oriented or promoted vegetarian diets or alternative meat development (Compassion Over Killing, Get Vegucated, Kind Green Planet, VeggieHappy, etc.). He started working for New Harvest in the very beginning, back in 2004.
Alongside his job in the web industry, he is drawn to environmental and social activism and transpersonal psychology and is still trying to figure out how to blend them all together. As a hobby, he is completing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychotherapy Science at Sigmund Freud University in Vienna.
New Harvest: New Staff, BevLab Workshop, and more!
New Harvest’s New Developmental Director / BevLab Workshop in Toronto / First Two Journal Club Papers
New Harvest’s Running a Journal Club!
It’s become apparent that media articles about cultured meat are outpacing peer-reviewed, academic articles. To cope with this, and to give New Harvest’s community a better idea of where we are in the science, we’re starting a journal club! Administrated by volunteer Rebekah Feng, the journal club will review and edit a paper together every three […]
$2M for Muufri, NH Ideas, NH in NYC and more!
New York City Discussion / Muufri receives two million / Ingenious Workshop / Contribute Essays and Ideas
Conference Report: The Ethics of In-Vitro Flesh and Enhanced Animals in Rothbury, September 18th and 19th, 2014.
As reviewed by Linnea Laestadius and Alexandra Sexton
Making Muufri – An Indian, an American and a Canadian walk into a lab…
April 15, 2014: I emailed two New Harvest volunteers that had never met each other before with an idea. Did they want to start a company to produce milk in cell culture? My friend Pantea from Synbiota had told me that a new biotechnology accelerator was seeking applicants for summer 2014 and winners would have access to laboratory space, mentorship […]
NH in the UK and NYC, the In Vitro Meat Cookbook and More!
Call for UK Engineers / Biotechnology Debate in London / In Vitro Meat Cookbook of Ideas / New York Museum of Food and Drink Debate / Journal Club Round II / October Conference San Francisco / Beyond Meat in Chains
We Tasted Cultured Meat! Museum of Food & Drink, Berkeley Talk and More!
Tasting Modern Meadows’ Cultured Meat / “Real Vegan Cheese” Campaign Success / Museum of Food and Drink / Seminar on Plant Based Food with Pat Brown / “Alternative Proteins, Alternative Futures” Review
Event Review: Alternative Proteins, Alternative Futures in San Francisco, August 26, 2014
Sherrie Tullsen-Chin is a long-term New Harvest volunteer; involved with the fundraising team and Google AdWords campaign. Sherrie lives in San Jose, California and attended the recent cultured meat panel in San Francisco, on August 26th, 2014. Dr. Mark Post and Ben Wurgaft were panelists, alongside members of the insect protein industry. Sherrie kindly wrote […]
Mark Post in Silicon Valley, Teespring, Harvard, and more! – New Harvest August 2014 Newsletter
Dr. Mark Post to Speak in Silicon Valley / Successful Teespring Campaign / Free Harvard Webinar on Livestock / Meat Conference Rothbury, England
A Reflection of New Harvest’s Achievements: Dr. Post’s Cultured Hamburger is Tasted in London
In celebration of New Harvest’s 10 year anniversary on 23 July 2014, we are looking back at some of the milestones on our timeline of events, which covers the many achievements and breakthroughs in New Harvest’s work and the research into alternative meat production over the last 10 years.
NH Turns 10, NH T-shirts! Muufri is Hiring, Dr. Post Goes Live on Twitter & More! – New Harvest July 2014 Newsletter
New Harvest Anniversary / Muufri Hiring / Isha Datar “Investing in Ag” / Animal Rights Reflections / Alexandra Sexton at International Food Design / Mark Post on Twitter
A Reflection of New Harvest’s Achievements: Modern Meadow Works to Develop Cultured Leather and Meat
In celebration of New Harvest’s 10 year anniversary on 23 July 2014, we are looking back at some of the milestones on our timeline of events, which covers the many achievements and breakthroughs in New Harvest’s work and the research into alternative meat production over the last 10 years.
A Reflection of New Harvest’s Achievements: Environmental Analysis on Cultured Meat Production
In celebration of New Harvest’s 10 year anniversary on 23 July 2014, we are looking back at some of the milestones on our timeline of events, which covers the many achievements and breakthroughs in New Harvest’s work and the research into alternative meat production over the last 10 years.
A Reflection of New Harvest’s Achievements: Fulfilling PETA’s Dream
Reflections on Animal Rights National Conference 2014
One prominent activist called cultured meat “the best chance we have at saving animals over the next few years.” From Isha: Just got back from LA, at my first Animal Rights National Conference. Months back, Sherrie, a long time dedicated New Harvest volunteer recommended that I sign up to speak at this year’s conference. Upon […]
New Harvest at 2014 Animal Rights National Conference in Los Angeles, California
View Isha’s Animal Rights Conference presentation here (pdf). The Animal Rights Conference (ARC) is the largest annual gathering of animal rights activists from around the nation and world. This year, the ARC is being held in Los Angeles, California from July 10th-13th. New Harvest volunteers Sherrie Tullsen-Chin, Erin Kim, and summer fellow Natalie Rubio have accompanied Isha Datar to this important conference to represent […]
Real Vegan Cheese, Accidental Cultured Meat, Bioreactors and More- New Harvest July Newsletter
Biocurious’ Vegan Cheese / New Possibilities for Bioreactors / “Accidental” Culture / Muufri in Dublin / 10 years!
Getting to know New Harvest: An Interview with Erin Kim
Erin Kim is the voice of New Harvest on Twitter and Facebook.
A Reflection of New Harvest’s Achievements: New Harvest Appoints New Executive Director
7 Days of Soylent – New Harvest’s Isha Datar Tries a Food Alternative
I forget when I first heard about Soylent, but I sent Rob Rhinehart my first piece of fan mail in the beginning of March. The first thing I wanted to commend him on was – good name. Pre-empting the negativity. As a person who talks about cultured meat on a daily basis it gets tiring […]
A Reflection of New Harvest’s Achievements: Bringing Winston Churchill’s Prediction to Life
A Reflection of New Harvest’s Achievements: The World’s First In Vitro Meat Symposium
NH’s New Look, AR Conference, Journal Club, Interview Series and More! -New Harvest June 2014 Newsletter
New Harvest; New Look / Journal Club / Interview Series / Animal Rights L.A.
New Harvest Journal Club Announcement
The draft summary of the latest reviewed paper: Emerging Profiles for Cultured Meat: Ethics through and as Design, written by Daisy Joo, is now available in the forum; so leave your comments & suggestions!!! THANK YOU to everyone who has been a part of this first round of our journal club. You all have helped make the […]
New Harvest awarded by Stanford PACS
In mid-April, New Harvest was approached by a Stanford philanthropic team disbursing a one time $10,000 grant before the end of the school year. The team, working with the Stanford Center for Philanthropy, was assigned to find the best nonprofits in the environmental category, and identified New Harvest as one which fit the criteria of […]
Meatonomic$ by Dave Simon, Reviewed
Did you know a $4 Big Mac actually costs almost three times that? Many environmental, nutritional and ethical issues have long been associated with Factory farming; however, many taxpayers are unaware of the tremendous price they pay in real dollars. The modest estimate, according to Dave Simon, is that over $414 billion tax dollars are spent in […]
Getting to know… Ben Wurgaft, cultured meat historian
“The effort to create cultured meat will force us to ask tough questions about life, the natures of human and non-human animals, and our relationship with the environment around us.” Although he is a European history graduate from Berkeley University, his current time is spent investigating and reporting on technologies and innovative ideas in the […]
Hanging Out with Muufri at the Synbio Axlr8r in Cork, Ireland
I had a blast in Ireland this past week visiting New Harvest community members Ryan Pandya (centre) and Perumal Gandhi (right) at the Synthetic Biology Accelerator in Cork. They’ve created Muufri, an organization developing milk in cell culture rather than in animals, in an attempt to end intensive industrial dairy farming. Ryan and Perumal met through […]
New Harvest Awarded $9,000 from Stanford University! – New Harvest May 2014 Newsletter
New Harvest awarded $9,000 from Stanford University / Meet Muufri / Animal Rights National Conference
Getting to know… Perumal Gandhi of Muufri
Perumal Gandhi co-founded Muufri, a company freshly launched out of New Harvest.
New Harvest at the Sustainable Foods Institute 2014, Monterey, CA May 14-17th
From May 14-17, Monterey Bay Aquarium held their annual Sustainable Foods Conference – an invite-only, two day event for media and players in the food sustainability world. I (Isha) took the stage on Thursday morning on the following panel: Reinventing Food: Can Technology Solve Our Environmental Problems? Does technology interfere with nature’s systems, or […]
NH’s Cow-Free Milk Project, Sustainable Foods Institute, and more! – New Harvest May 2014 Newsletter
“New Harvest Dairy Project” Awarded $30,000 / Four Months of Laboratory Access / Mentorship
Journal Club and Video Campaign – New Harvest April 2014 Newsletter
Journal Club Round 2 / Video Campaign / LinkedIn Group / FAO
$50,000 Ingenious Grant, and more – New Harvest April 2014 Newsletter
$50,000 Ingenious Grant / Video Campaign / Mark Post Keynote in Thailand / Community Lecture in Tel Aviv
Causes Campaign: Make Factory Farming Obsolete
We want the world to understand why cultured meat is the way to make factory farming obsolete. We received such a great response when our first video came out. It explained the environmental impact of meat today and how cultured meat solved so many of these problems at once. It was shared widely on Facebook, Twitter and Reddit […]
It’s Official: Cultured Meat is Ingenious!
New Harvest has been awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Ingenious grant, worth £29,735 ($50,000)! Sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering, the grant supports communication between engineers, designers, and the public as new ideas come into society. New Harvest will be holding workshops and exhibitions on the future of cultured meat, giving engineers a […]
New Harvest – Praised in 17th State of the Future Report Press Release!
The endeavors of New Harvest have been praised in the most recent 2013-2014 State of the Future Report, released March 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Topics presented included the increasing problem of climate change and water consumption, in which the efforts and importance of New Harvest and the cultured meat industry was noted. Jerome Glenn, CEO […]
Who is BiteLabs? And more! – New Harvest March 2014 Newsletter
Bitcoin / Researcher Ben Wurgaft Speaks in Boston Area / State of the Future 2013/14 / Mark Post’s Burger Project Hiring Soon / PETA Prize Ends / Who is BiteLabs? / SXSW
New Harvest now accepting Bitcoin digital currency donations!
Thanks to the efforts of New Harvest volunteer Anne Wissemann in Germany, New Harvest is now open to donations through Bitcoin through BitPay, in addition to PayPal and Credit/Debit through Network for Good. You can donate the digital currency on our homepage, here. Currently, Bitcoin donations are anonymous, but we will soon be allowing non-anonymous donations […]
More Minds on Cultured Meat – New Harvest February 2014 Newsletter
Cultured meat engineering research in the UK / Mark Post, building a better burger (and bigger team) / Horizon 2020 funding / TERMIS 2014 Update / NH in Japan / Modern Meadow moves / Li-Ka Shing supports HCF… and more!
2014 is Off to a Great Start – Thanks to Supporters Like You! – New Harvest January 2014 Newsletter
Fundraising and donation information for 2013 / Plans concerning Japan visit / New Harvest Pages “Ideas”/ New Harvest Wiki / Patent / Reaching Online Supporters
Prof. Mark Post Receives the Prestigious World Technology Award for Environment
On August, 2013, New Harvest Board Member Mark Post presented the first hamburger gleaned from cultured meat and intrigued the public with the possibility of industrializing cultured meat. On November 15th, 2013, he was awarded in the Environment (Individual) category at the World Technology Network Summit & Awards Gala for this accomplishment. Mark Post first became […]
New Harvest Board Members Mark Post and Andras Forgacs Speaking at GFIA
Mark Post and Andras Forgacs are speaking alongside 150 of the world’s leading innovators in Agriculture at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture. Among them will be Bill Gates, founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Dr. Frank Rijsberman, CEO of the CGIAR Consortium. This year, the GFIA will be held in Abu Dhabi […]
Why Donors Donate – and Last Chance to get a 2013 Tax Deductible Donation in!
Hi Friends of New Harvest! There is still time (last day!) to help New Harvest achieve its mission to advance alternatives to conventionally produced meat.Be among donors who see meat alternatives as the solution to suffering, environmental, and public health issues. Any American donations received by Dec 31 are tax-deductible, as New Harvest is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization. Remember, […]
Advancing World Changing Science is Tax-Deductible!
If we were starting from scratch, we wouldn’t make meat the way we do now. How are you taking part in re-thinking meat? There is still time to help New Harvest bring together inspiring tissue engineers and food scientists at premiere conferences next year to figure out how to accelerate cultured meat development and make meat […]
2013 Year In Review
New Harvest’s 2013 year at a glance!
A Great Year for New Harvest – Help Keep Us Going!
Reaching the Research Community – New Harvest November 2013 Newsletter
The NH Journal Club Begins / Cultured Meat at the National Academy of Science / NH at SXSW Eco, Product Innovation Congress, and the Epistemic Network Project / NH upcoming projects
Nick Walker Presents at the Indian Ocean Rim Muscle Colloquium
New Harvest Network member Nick Walker of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa studies muscle cell differentiation as influenced by various extracellular matrix (ECM) components. In other words, how what muscle cells grow on can help them turn into mature muscle fibres. He will be attending the Indian Ocean Rim Muscle Colloquium Dec 12-13, 2013 in Singapore to present his […]
Nick Genovese talks Cultured Meat at the National Academy of Sciences
Nick Genovese, who is currently doing PETA-funded research on cultured meat at the University of Missouri, just gave a presentation in Irvine, CA on October 30th. The presentation “Evolution Toward a ‘Cultured Meat’: The Domestication of Cell Culture” was part of the National Academy of Sciences’ Distinctive Voices programming. We will happily be sharing the videotaped talk when it […]
New Harvest in the Netherlands: The EPINET Project
New Harvest’s Director Isha Datar recently attended the EPINET workshop on the issue of public funding and social shaping of cultured meat in Utrecht, the Netherlands, October 26-28th. EPINET is an EU funded project under the seventh framework program, coordinated by the Centre for the studies of the sciences and humanities, University of Bergen, Norway. Isha was […]
New Harvest meets Next Nature in Amsterdam
Today New Harvest’s Isha Datar met with Koert Van Mensvoort of Next Nature at the beautiful Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Koert’s team is running the crowdfunding campaign to create the first cultured meat cookbook (years in advance of its existence, of course!). If you’re interested in being part of this exciting and futuristic project, please check out the […]
New Harvest in Chicago: Keynote Speaking at the Product Innovation Congress
New Harvest’s Isha Datar was requested to take Mark Post’s place at the Product Innovation Congress in Chicago, IL, USA, October 9th and 10th. Taking place at the beautiful Indian Lakes resort, Isha spoke about cultured animal products with her talk “The Future is Cultured: The Next Generation of Animal Products.” The organizers create product lifecycle software, and […]
New Harvest at SXSW Eco with IEEE
New Harvest’s Isha Datar participated in a panel discussion at SXSW Eco in Austin, TX, USA, October 6-8th, organized by IEEE. IEEE (Institute for Electronic and Electrical Engineers) is the world’s largest professional organization for the advancement of technology. Their magazine, IEEE Spectrum, recently wrote a great piece – maybe the best so far this […]
Cultured Meat at the Conferences: TED, SXSW, Global Food Security + more – New Harvest October 2013 Newsletter
NH at SXSW Eco / Modern Meadow at TEDGlobal / Kickstart a Cultured Meat Cookbook / Cultured Meat at the Global Food Security Conference / NH at the Epistemic Network Project / NH at the Product Innovation Congress / Join the NH Journal Club
New Harvest’s Q3 Report Is Ready!
New Harvest is a 9 year old organization but still a baby – this was New Harvest’s first year with a full time Director. If you’d like to see how we’ve been doing so far this year, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy of the third quarter update!
Hanna Tuomisto presents her work at the Global Food Security Conference, Holland
New Harvest Network member Hanna Tuomisto, who published the highly-cited Environmental Impacts of Cultured Meat research in 2011, just gave an oral presentation at the First International Global Food Security Conference on the “Global potential of cultured meat to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, land use and water use.” The conference took place in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands and included 600 […]
New Harvest applies for a public engagement grant in the UK
NH teamed up with Marianne Ellis, New Harvest board member and chemical engineer specializing in bioreactors for tissue engineering at the University of Bath; and David Benque, a speculative designer with the Design Interactions Program at the Royal College of Art in London and applied for a public engagement grant in the UK. The grant is run by […]
“Meat the Future” Cultured Meat Cookbook Crowdfunding Campaign
When the microwave was introduced in the 1960s, it came with a cookbook showing home cooks how to prepare food with this newfangled appliance. The Meat the Future Cookbook has just kicked off its crowdfunding campaign to release a cookbook for the future. The book will explore what cultured meat may look like.Next Nature, the group behind […]
Digest the Latest Meat-Alt Science with NH’s Journal Club! – New Harvest September 2013 Newsletter
What NH did in San Francisco / Digest the latest meat-alt science with NH’s Journal Club / Cover cultured meat ethics with Aeon Magazine and scientific challenges with the CBC.
Andras Forgacs: Leather and meat without killing animals – Video Up Now!
New Harvest Board Member Andras Forgacs delivers a brilliant talk, arguing that biofabricating meat and leather is a civilized way to move past killing animals for hamburgers and handbags. Andras told us that in June (when the talk was recorded before a live audience at TEDGlobal) that he received a (rare) standing ovation. TED organizer Chris […]
New Harvest in the Bay Area – Lifestock, Singularity University, Modern Meadow, Hampton Creek Foods
New Harvest’s Isha Datar spent the end of August in the Bay Area. Invited by the Lifestock team at Singularity University, who have entrepreneurial goals in the cultured meat world, Isha went to advise the team, meet with local volunteers, and connect with others in the alternatives world, such as Andras Forgacs of Modern Meadow […]
Ask Me Anything on Reddit – TODAY August 12th, 2013
Very excited to be doing a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) today, about cultured meat and the tasting that just took place in London. Many, many thanks to Kenny Torrella of HSUS for helping me with the logistics – I have never used Reddit before! Go ahead… ask me anything! http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1k7e2j/im_isha_datar_director_of_new_harvest_the/
A History of Cultured Meat – Beautiful timeline made by our lovely volunteers Hannah and Rebekah
New Harvest volunteers Rebekah Feng and Hannah Yaginuma-Nute have put together this beautiful interactive timeline of events in cultured meat’s history. It goes way back – to 1912 – and comes up to the tasting in London that just took place. This timeline is a work in progress – if you have anything you add or items […]
NEWS FROM LONDON: The Tasting and What’s Happening Next – New Harvest August 2013 Newsletter
News from London : the tasting, follow-up meetings / What’s next for August / The new and improving History of Cultured Meat Timeline and more…
Back from London – the #culturedbeef burger tasting and what followed
What a trip! What an experience! What a milestone! On August 5th was the cultured beef burger tasting, where Mark Post from Maastricht University announced that his cultured hamburger project was funded by Google’s Sergey Brin. The audience at the event was primarily journalists – invited from around the world – and a few researchers from the […]
New Harvest’s Cultured Meat Op Ed on CNN “Why your burger should be grown in a lab”
Hey everyone!! The tasting was just excellent – more reflections on that soon. Of the many pieces in the media on cultured meat, perhaps you would be interested in the op-ed on CNN that I was invited to write! Check out the article here.
THE BIGGEST AGRICULTURAL REVOLUTION SINCE THE DOMESTICATION OF ANIMALS…TODAY: The Cultured Hamburger Tasting!
Watch LIVE at NOON LONDON TIME – the first cultured hamburger ever tasted – and the reveal of the anonymous backer who has helped make this happen. http://culturedbeef.net New Harvest’s Isha Datar will be there in the audience!
*BIG NEWS* The first ever cultured hamburger to be tasted AUGUST 5th 2013, NOON BST
We’re all eagerly anticipating the big day where the first cultured hamburger will be tasted by a handful of journalists, and the anonymous philanthropist who has been backing this milestone project will be revealed. When: Monday, August 5th, 2013 1200 Media registration begins 1230 Media access […]
*BIG NEWS!* Tasting the #futureburger. WATCH ONLINE & Get Involved!! – New Harvest August 2013 Newsletter
Watch the #futureburger tasting LIVE at http://culturedbeef.net
What New Harvest Learned at IFT 2013, the World’s Premiere Food Science Expo – New Harvest July 2013 Newsletter
New Harvest’s learnings from IFT 2013. The market wants protein, vegetable-based flavourings for meat, acknowledgement of the unsustainability of meat and more…
The Institute for Food Technologists 2013 Expo – What New Harvest Learned
I had the opportunity to visit (for the first time!) the Institute for Food Technologists’ Annual Expo in Chicago, IL, USA. It was extremely eye opening from my point of view as the director of NH, but also as a consumer. I would encourage anyone interested in the food industry to attend this yearly event. […]
Tentative Cultured Meat Burger Tasting Date! – New Harvest July 2013 Newsletter
Cultured hamburger tasting date and location / International Global Food Security Conference in China / IFT Expo 2013 and Expo 2015 plans / Volunteering for NH
The First Cultured Animal Products – New Harvest June 2013 Newsletter
The first cultured meat and leather / Talk by New Harvest fellow Wojtek Chanski on cultured meat…and more!
What We’re Up To: Recent Developments and More – New Harvest May 2013 Newsletter
New Harvest and Wayne Pacelle of HSUS / Peter Singer / DIYBio / Scientific article summarized by dedicated volunteer Jeff Peng / Modern Meadow at TEDGlobal / Review of cultured meat from Oxbridge Biotech
New Website Launches Today and More! – New Harvest April 2013 Newsletter
New Harvest and Wayne Pacelle of HSUS / Peter Singer / DIYBio / Scientific article summarized by dedicated volunteer Jeff Peng / Modern Meadow at TEDGlobal / Review of cultured meat from Oxbridge Biotech
Getting to know… Ben Davidow, Author of Uncaged
“Factory farming hasn’t been around for long, and I think we should be optimistic that it won’t be around much longer.” Ben Davidow is a 27-year old web developer living in San Francisco. He has been concerned about animal rights since becoming a vegetarian when he was 8 years-old and later reading Animal Liberation by Peter Singer. […]
Solve for X, Sustainable Foods in the Valley, Reddit – New Harvest February 2013 Newsletter
Message from new director / Online NH community / San Francisco / How to help
Our New Executive Director – New Harvest January 2013 Newsletter
New NH director Isha Datar / Future plans
2012 Cultured Meat Highlights – New Harvest December 2012 Newsletter
Scientific American / Wired / Guardian / New York Times / Kojo Nnamdi Show / Student video