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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.

Published March 2, 2022 | Updated April 5, 2022 | Meera Zassenhaus

On Monday, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released part two of their sixth assessment report since the group’s founding in 1988. The findings are grim but there is a silver lining for the New Harvest community.

New Harvest-funded research conducted by Natalie Rubio is cited in Chapter 5 of the latest IPCC report (Ch. 5, Page 54).

Screenshot of Chapter 5 page 54 of the IPCC WGII Sixth Assessment Report where NH grantee Natalie Rubio is cited

Cultured meat and cellular agriculture are also mentioned by name as ways to limit pressures on finite natural resources (Ch. 5, Page 158). 

Screenshot of chapter 5 page 158 of the IPCC WGII Sixth Assessment Report where cultured meat and cellular agriculture are mentioned as ways to limit the pressures on finite natural resources.

The full 3,675 page report assesses the effects of climate change and potential adaptation strategies for government policymakers. For cellular agriculture—and a NH grantee directly—to be included in the report is HUGE. It shows that the world’s authority on climate change sees cultured meat as a credible intervention.

I recommend this Twitter thread for a breakdown of the rest of the report.


About the Authors
Meera Zassenhaus is Communications and Media Manager at New Harvest.