Back in the early 2000s, cultured meat was considered science fiction. As the world's only cultured meat organization at the time, our work boiled down to: How do we get the world to take cultured meat seriously as an idea worth pursuing?
Between 2004 and 2013, Harvest was involved in a series of initiatives that ultimately culminated in a historic tasting of the world’s first cell-cultured burger, developed by Mark Post at the University of Maastricht. This burger, cooked and tasted on live television, proved to the world that cultured meat is scientifically possible.
The 2013 burger tasting directed unprecedented media attention to the concept of cultured meat, providing a necessary proof of concept for future funding and the formation of companies.
In 2015, New Harvest granted Mark Post’s lab $50,000 for serum-free media research to develop a completely animal-free system for growing cultured meat.
In 2016, Mark Post co-founded Mosa Meat. Inspired by their time in the lab during the burger development, two of Mark Post’s students went on to launch their own careers in cellular agriculture.15
November, 2015 – New Harvest publishes a blog post about the research leading up to the 2013 burger.
Winter, 2015 – New Harvest grants Mark Post’s lab $50,000 for serum-free media research to develop a completely animal-free system for growing cultured meat.
August, 2013 – The world’s first cell-cultured burger is cooked and tasted live on BBC, proving to the world that cultured meat is scientifically possible. The burger is developed by Mark Post and funded by Sergey Brin.
2010 – Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s family foundation reaches out to New Harvest asking which labs to support in order to advance cultured meat. We direct the foundation to Mark Post.
2007 – New Harvest grants $7,000 to Henk Haagsman, the principal grant writer for the Dutch In Vitro Meat Project. Included among the other team members in the project is Mark Post, who eventually develops the 2013 burger.
October, 2004 – New Harvest founder Jason Matheny speaks with the Dutch Minister of Agriculture about cultured meat. This conversation plays a key role in inspiring the Dutch government to fund the Dutch In Vitro Meat project from May 2005 until April 2009.