On May 7, 2017, the Israeli nonprofit Modern Agriculture Foundation is bringing together international food-tech industry experts, government representatives, academics and students to drive the “clean meat” movement from small-scale production to mass production on a global scale.
Clean meat, also called cultured meat, is real meat grown from animal cells in food-production facilities without slaughter. It’s “cleaner” in terms of basic sanitation and environmental friendliness. Clean meat also is meant to reduce animal suffering and health crises caused by food-borne pathogens and drug residues in meat from slaughtered animals.
Topics will include technologies and bioengineering tools for mass production of clean meat, regulation and legal issues, and strategies to gain consumer awareness and trust. Dr. Yaron Bogin, head of The Modern Agriculture Foundation, will speak on “Why Israel is Well-Positioned to Advance Cultured Meat.”
The Modern Agriculture Foundation partners with academia, commercial companies and the general public to raise awareness and resources for the clean meat field.
The conference will take place in Haifa at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology’s Faculty of Biotechnology & Food Engineering.
Its scientific advisory committee includes Prof. Shulamit Levenberg and Prof. Yoav Livney from the Technion, Prof. Mark Post of Maastricht University in The Netherlands (creator of the world’s first clean beef burger), Prof. Yaakov Nahmias of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Prof. Eyal Shimoni of the Strauss Group in Israel, Prof. Smadar Cohen of Ben-Gurion University in Beersheva and Senior Scientist Liz Specht of the nonprofit Good Food Institute in the United States.
Among the sponsors of the conference is the Israeli startup SuperMeat, which is developing a home appliance to make chicken meat from cell samples, based on technology pioneered by Nahmias at Hebrew University.
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