Meat the Future is a timely documentary about “cell-based” meat, also referred to as “cultivated” meat, a food science that grows real meat from animal cells in a controlled and clean environment; a revolution in food production, proposing a sustainable way to feed the world in the future without the need to breed, raise and slaughter animals.
At the forefront of this urgent new frontier is cardiologist Dr. Uma Valeti, the co-founder and CEO of Upside Foods (previously Memphis Meats), one of the leading start-ups in the field.
From a meatball that cost $18,000 per pound in 2016 to the world’s first cell-based poultry in 2017 for half the cost, the film follows Valeti over three years as the cost of production continues to plummet and consumers eye the birth of this industry.
About the Filmmakers
Meat the Future is written, produced and directed by Liz Marshall. Find out more at meatthefuture.com.
“This may not be the stuff of exhilarating cinema, but neither is it dull. Meat the Future is a substance-over-style doc that manages the rare trick of being at once dry and rather engrossing: Over 90 minutes, its methodical, explicatory approach affords viewers of various dietary persuasions ample space to consider their own gastronomic preferences, preconceptions, and prejudices. Marshall, who established her eco-doc credentials with 2013’s crowd-pleasing animal-rights study The Ghosts in Our Machine, isn’t out to break a rhetorical sweat arguing us into a position: Like the smiling, soft-spoken Dr. Valeti, she provides enough facts — and yes, in brief, horrifying footage from vast American factory farms, just enough of an emotional tug — for us to argue ourselves there.” – Greg Lodge. Variety. Meat the Future Review: A Persuasive Case for Clean Meat. 29 May 2020
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