Ten Years in Cell Ag Leadership & Two Takeaways
A letter from our Executive Director reflecting on the past decade of New Harvest’s work and forecasting the next.
We’re Bootstrapping the Future of Food – Here’s How
How does a charity bootstrap? We co-founded some of cell ag’s first companies and now we are re-investing in the future of food. It’s a “go big or go home” moment.
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.
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.
Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) is critical to cell ag’s success
But what is it, and what is New Harvest doing about it?
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
New Harvest’s Audited 2017 Financials
Good news: our research program is scalable!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 […]
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.
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 […]
2014 Year in Review
New Harvest’s 2014 year at a glance!
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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!
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/
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 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. […]