Established in 2004, New Harvest is the non-profit research institute building the field of “cellular agriculture” by applying advances in tissue engineering and synthetic biology to growing food.
New Harvest strategically funds and conducts open, public, collaborative research that reinvents the way we make animal products – without animals.
Mission & Vision
New Harvest's mission is to build & establish the field of cellular agriculture. Their vision is a strong foundation of accessible, public, fundamental cellular agriculture research, upon which a
post-animal bio-economy may be built, where animal products are harvested from cell cultures, not animals, to feed a growing global population sustainably and affordably.
Our grant helps to bring together safety experts and cultured meat companies worldwide to develop a milestone publication that sets the path forward for safety demonstration of cultured meat manufacturing processes. This will, furthermore, create a starting place for future collaborations around safety demonstration of cellular agriculture products.
I Dig It - Here's Why...
Cell-based meat presents a unique opportunity to bypass the environmentally-harmful systems inherent in industrial agriculture. Products harvested from cell cultures are exactly the same as those harvested from an animal or a plant; the only difference is how they are made.
Why It's Better
Acellular vs. Cellular
There are two kinds of agricultural products: acellular products and cellular products. Acellular products are made of organic molecules like proteins and fats and contain no cellular or living material. Cellular products are made of living or once-living cells.
Livestock farming uses 70% of the world’s agricultural land. The production of animal products uses 27-29% of humanity’s freshwater footprint. 18% of greenhouse gas emissions come from livestock farming.
Viral outbreaks, antibiotic resistance, and food contamination arise from livestock farming, which has a direct impact on human public health.
The combined total of chickens (19 billion), cows (1.5 billion), sheep (1 billion) and pigs (1 billion) living at any one time is three times higher than the number of people. Fifty billion chickens, 1.5 billion pigs, half a billion sheep, and 300 million cows are taken to the abattoir every year.