Meat Planet

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“Meat Planet explores the quest to grow meat in laboratories–a substance sometimes called “cultured meat”–and asks what it means to imagine that this is the future of food. This book takes the reader on a tour of the laboratories, kitchens, public debates, and media events that may launch this novel food technology. While pundits and entrepreneurs promote cultured meat as a solution to the ethical and environmental problems of industrial meat, Meat Planet meditates on the philosophical, historical and anthropological meanings of future flesh”–Provided by publisher.

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Weight0.907 kg
Dimensions22.9 × 15.2 × 2.4 cm
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Hardback

Pages

xiii, 242

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English

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664.929 (edition:23)

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In 2013, a Dutch scientist unveiled the world’s first laboratory-created hamburger. Since then, the idea of producing meat, not from live animals but from carefully cultured tissues, has spread like wildfire through the media. Meanwhile, cultured meat researchers race against population growth and climate change in an effort to make sustainable protein. Meat Planet explores the quest to generate meat in the lab-a substance sometimes called “cultured meat”-and asks what it means to imagine that this is the future of food.

Neither an advocate nor a critic of cultured meat, Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft spent five years researching the phenomenon. In Meat Planet, he reveals how debates about lab-grown meat reach beyond debates about food, examining the links between appetite, growth, and capitalism. Could satiating the growing appetite for meat actually lead to our undoing? Are we simply using one technology to undo the damage caused by another? Like all problems in our food system, the meat problem is not merely a problem of production. It is intrinsically social and political, and it demands that we examine questions of justice and desirable modes of living in a shared and finite world.

Benjamin Wurgaft tells a story that could utterly transform the way we think of animals, the way we relate to farmland, the way we use water, and the way we think about population and our fragile ecosystem’s capacity to sustain life. He argues that even if cultured meat does not “succeed,” it functions-much like science fiction-as a crucial mirror that we can hold up to our contemporary fleshy dysfunctions.

 

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Weight0.907 kg
Dimensions22.9 × 15.2 × 2.4 cm
Author

Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

xiii, 242

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

664.929 (edition:23)

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