New Documentary Follows Trailblazing CEO Making Meat Without Animals

New Documentary Follows Trailblazing CEO Making Meat Without Animals

  • Hannah Bugga
  • Hannah Bugga

The new documentary Meat the Future follows Dr. Uma Valeti and his team as they introduce consumers to a new way of making food. The film shows that the mass production of cultivated meat—once the stuff of science fiction—is finally within our grasp.

Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Liza Marshall, Meat the Future is narrated by the incomparable Dr. Jane Goodall. Dr. Goodall described the film:

I’m excited about the documentary because it is solution-focused. The film proposes a way forward, to reduce methane, to reduce water and land use, to lessen the suffering of animals, and to prevent future viral outbreaks. I hope it sparks your imagination and inspires change.

Dr. Valeti is a Mayo Clinic–trained cardiologist and the co-founder and CEO of UPSIDE Foods. Previously known as Memphis Meats, UPSIDE Foods is a trailblazing cultivated-meat startup focused on “growing real meat directly from animal cells without the need to raise and slaughter animals.”

Cultivated meat is produced by feeding animal cells vitamins, minerals, salts, and other nutrients so the cells develop into a piece of meat. In 2016, Memphis Meats produced the world’s first cultivated meatball at $18,000 per pound. Since then, the company has created the first chicken fillet and duck a l’orange for half that cost and is committed to making cultivated meat affordable to anyone who wants it.

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Meat the Future follows Dr. Valeti and his team over five years as they bring down the cost of production and introduce consumers to this revolutionary way of making food. The film explains the massive prospective benefits of cultivated meat. Animal agriculture uses a third of the planet’s ice-free land and is responsible for about 15 percent of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.

According to research shared by the filmmakers, cultivated beef produced at scale could reduce land use by more than 95 percent and emissions by 74 to 87 percent! Executive producer Moby stated:

It’s about the remarkable development of cultivated meat, which can help us save the only home that we have in our fight against climate change.

Are you hungry to dive into the world of cultivated meat? Meat the Future opens April 5, 2022, on digital platforms in the United States and in selected regions! Learn more here, and check out eight more documentaries focused on animal agriculture and the environment