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Meat the Future

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Catalogue Number:  LMPI00
Producer:  LizMars Productions Inc.
Subject:  Agriculture, Consumer Studies, Documentary, Environmental Studies, Family Studies/Home Economics, Global Studies, Health and Medicine, Science, Social Sciences
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2020
Running Time:  89:37


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Imagine a world where real meat is produced sustainably without the need to breed, raise and slaughter animals. This is no longer science fiction, it’s now within reach. At the forefront of this urgent frontier is Mayo Clinic trained cardiologist Dr. Uma Valeti, the co-founder and CEO of Upside Foods (previously Memphis Meats), the leading start-up of the “cultivated” meat revolution. From the world’s first meatball which cost $18,000 per pound to the first chicken fillet and duck a l'orange for half the cost, the film follows Valeti and his team over five years as the cost of production plummets, and consumers’ eye the imminent birth of this timely industry.

Exploring a game changing solution, Meat the Future is a must-see!

WINNER – Science World of Knowledge – Best Director

WINNER – Directors Guild of Canada – Best Editing Documentary



“Engrossing, Persuasive, Compelling.” – Variety

"A must-see movie for anyone interested in how science and technology is being used to transform the modern food system to make it more sustainable, healthy, and ethical. It gives fascinating insights into the people behind this movement: their passion, curiosity, drive, and ambition to create a better world through the use of (some very cool) science. I highly recommend Meat the Future to anyone who is interested in addressing some of the big challenges facing the modern world, such as global warming, pollution, biodiversity loss, animal welfare, and zoonotic diseases." - David Julian McClements, Professor of Food Science, University of Massachusetts, Author, Future Foods: How Modern Science Is Transforming the Way We Eat

"Thoughtful...Filled with humanity...Informative." - Marc Glassman, POV Magazine

"A revolutionary eye-opener that could easily change the way consumers look at food forever, without losing their appetite."

Seth Eelen, into:screens

"Fascinating...Marshall tackles an under-the-radar subject that is destined for mainstream attention...Meat the Future is informative, easy to follow, and guaranteed to spark some riveting discussions."

Victor Stiff, That Shelf

"An eye-opening look at how science is revolutionizing the meat industry...A film that will leave you with plenty to chew on."

Courtney Small, In The Seats

"I am sold...Filmmaker Liz Marshall answers all the questions you might have about what is cell-based meat, how and who is producing it, and what does it mean for our future."

Leanne McLaren, iHeartRadio

"Lab grown meat frightens many people, but it is here. Will it really solve the environmental crisis of conventional animal husbandry, or is this a technological fix that will cause greater unforeseen problems? This documentary examines the moment when this product is about to become affordable and available, and the problems the industry will have convincing people to try to it. A complex and intriguing topic."

Ken Albala, Professor of History, University of the Pacific, Author, At the Table: Food and Family Around the World

"This engaging and ambitious film provides a unique look at the history, potential, and future of cultivated meat. It is a must-watch for anyone who is interested in learning about or getting involved in the upcoming food revolution."

Matti Wilks, Assistant Professor in Psychology, University of Edinburgh

"Meat the Future is a fascinating behind-the-scenes documentary on the rise of cultivated meat, showing how scientific innovation can support food security, animal welfare, and environmental sustainability. From the mechanics and economics of growing cells into meat, to the politics of labelling and consumer acceptance, to a generous helping of cooking demonstrations, this film has something for everyone."

Dr. Matthew Ruby, Lecturer in Psychology and Counseling, La Trobe University

"Meat the Future is an informative overview of a potentially game-changing new method of meat production, and an inspiring profile of some of the people working to make it possible. Highly recommended for teachers, students, and anyone else who wants to understand the future of food."

Jeff Sebo, Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Affiliated Professor of Bioethics, Medical Ethics, Philosophy, and Law, Director of Animal Studies M.A. Program, New York University, Author, Saving Animals, Saving Ourselves

"Meat the Future is a fantastic documentary for anyone concerned about how our global food system is impacting climate change, environmental sustainability, animal welfare, and social equity. We get an inside glimpse into how Dr. Valeti and his team, as well as many others working in the cultivated 'clean' meat space, navigate lifelong values and ethics, the complex science, the regulatory mine fields, and most importantly, the fastidious consumer."

Jessica Fanzo, Professor and Director of Global Food Policy and Ethics, Johns Hopkins University

"In 2016, I was looking to follow a solution-focused story, and came across the emergence of "cellular agriculture". After meeting Dr. Uma Valeti, co-founder and CEO of Upside Foods (previously Memphis Meats), I felt certain there was a film. Over the next five years, our lens was situated at the forefront of a historic and hopeful movement of change. What the future holds for cultivated meat is unclear, but I believe its revolutionary journey into the world will stand the test of time." - Liz Marshall


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