New Harvest 2022 is a live, in-person event about the emerging field of cellular agriculture—the growing of animal products like meat, milk, and eggs from cells instead of animals.
For two days, researchers, companies, students, policymakers, investors, artists, activists, journalists, skeptics, early adopters, and more will convene in Brooklyn, New York to discuss the future of cultured meat and other cell-cultured foods.
We will explore the latest scientific breakthroughs and commercial developments, and think critically about the multiple futures of food made possible by cell ag.
This year's theme, elephant in the room, is a playful way of teasing out important but neglected conversations about cellular agriculture, cultured meat, and the future of food.
Elephant in the room was originally slated to be the theme for our 2020 event, which was ultimately canceled due to Covid-19. To inform our programming, New Harvest invited community members to submit "elephants” via an online form. Two years later, we’re interested in hearing what's changed…and what hasn’t.
Who is being sidelined? What is being ignored? What are people not talking about (or not talking about enough)?
What is the elephant in the room?
Thursday, June 9
9:00 AM — 10:00 AM
10:00 AM — 10:15 AM
10:15 AM — 10:30 AM
10:30 AM — 11:00 AM
Despite recent government support for academic exploration of cellular agriculture, it remains unclear if traditional institutional support will keep up with the pace of private innovation to truly drive this field forward. How can we roadmap the global precompetitive infrastructure needed—from discovery to commercialization and including tools, facilities, resources, and training—to build a cellular agriculture ecosystem that can stand the test of time and the whims of the market.
11:00 AM — 11:30 AM
11:30 AM — 12:30 PM
Last month, an article in Canadian Business wrote, “If every bioreactor in current use by the pharmaceutical industry were put toward manufacturing cell-cultured meat for a full year, it would only yield enough food to cover the meat Americans eat in a single day.” Few in the industry would dispute concerns about fermentation capacity for cellular agriculture. To produce cultured meat at scale, cellular agriculture will require materials and infrastructure that don’t currently exist. How can we solve for scale and price, from feeding cells at scale to modeling their growth and developing bioreactors?
12:30 PM — 2:00 PM
2:00 PM — 2:30 PM
In order to bring safe products to market we need to understand how to evaluate and demonstrate safety. What do we know about the safety of cultured meat, how can we go about evaluating potential hazards, what don't we know, and what can we do to ensure progress isn't threatened by a safety scare?
2:30 PM — 3:00 PM
Open source software has a long history and successful track record, but how to incorporate open source principles into cellular agriculture remains an open question. After spending years advocating for a radically open and democratic way of doing science (abolishing the patent system, ending for-profit publishing, etc), Jake Wintermute now works at synthetic biology "unicorn" Ginkgo Bioworks. He shares how he puts his values into practice and works to democratize science from within industry.
3:00 PM — 3:30 PM
3:30 PM — 4:30 PM
Presentations by New Harvest fellows tackling precompetitive research questions and building out the scientific infrastructure for cellular agriculture. Grantees will share progress they’ve made in areas like food safety and scaffolds and discuss the importance of fellowship and community when doing unprecedented research in an unprecedented field.
4:30 PM — 5:00 PM
Friday, June 10
9:00 AM — 9:30 AM
9:30 AM — 9:45 AM
9:45 AM — 10:00 AM
10:00 AM — 10:30 AM
To feed just 10 percent of the US meat market, Future Fields estimates cellular agriculture will require 13,000 tonnes of recombinant proteins per year. However, legacy models such as bioprocessing in an E. coli system can have a GHG impact that is untenable for meeting international goals to reduce anthropogenic CO2 emissions. In a field all about taking animals out of the equation, Matt has taken the unconventional route of building an insect-based biomanufacturing company. With a scalability mindset amidst a looming climate crisis, Matt asks "what is the environmental cost of animal-free growth media and how do insects change the equation?"
10:30 AM — 11:00 AM
New York’s highest state court will soon decide if an elephant is entitled to a writ of habeas corpus, the first American high court to consider if a nonhuman animal can possess such a legal right. Meanwhile, cultured meat is getting closer to commercial reality. Both read like progress, but do we risk trying to do too much by forcing animals into legal structures designed for humans and seeking to mimic meat with clever engineering? Or, does durable social change require that we combine elements of the past with elements of the future?
11:00 AM — 11:30 AM
11:30 AM — 12:00 PM
If cellular agriculture gives us tools to create entirely new foods, then why are so many companies focused on recreating existing ones? It’s going to be hard to compete with and disrupt factory farming on factory farming’s terms. What if, instead, we play to our strengths and make the kind of products that only cellular agriculture can.
12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
For cellular agriculture to truly build a more just food system, we need to look beyond the mechanics of the technology and think about how to responsibly usher it into the world. While we want to disrupt an extractive mode of agriculture, we don't want to wreak havoc on the lives of those who depend on animals. Using salmon as an example, we discuss the importance of transdisciplinary research, community engagement, and how to proactively reckon with cellular agriculture's potential cultural and social impacts.
1:00 PM — 2:00 PM
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
Last year, an article in The Counter sent shock waves through the field with its deeply researched reporting of a deeply skeptical techno-econic analysis (TEA) of cultured meat. Isha Datar sits down with the author of the article as well as the author of the TEA to discuss the field's reaction to the infamous "Counter article" and where Joe and Dave stand on cultured meat today.
3:00 PM — 3:30 PM
3:30 PM — 4:30 PM
4:30 PM — 5:00 PM
6:00 PM — 8:00 PM
Drinks, dancing, and rooftop sunshine. Wristbands are required and food will be available for purchase.
Accessible via car or the B57 bus, which leaves every 15 minutes from Newlab and drops you off around the corner from Honey's.
Each ticket is valid for both days of the event.
Have a discount code?
*while supplies last
*we are currently only accepting applications for the waitlist
David Kaplan, PhD
David Humbird, PhD
DWH Process Consulting, LLC
Kate Krueger, PhD
Matt Anderson-Baron, PhD
Zheng Huang, PhD
Ricardo Gouveia, PhD
University of California Davis
Nonhuman Rights Project
Varsha Rao, PhD
New Harvest/University of Colorado Boulder
Kimberly Ong, PhD
Freelance / Former Deputy Editor of The Counter
Aryé Elfenbein, PhD
CULT Food Science
Evan Bowness, PhD
University of the Fraser Valley
Samuel S. Peabody, M.S.
Texas Tech University
University of California, Los Angeles
Breanna Duffy, PhD
Aletta Schnitzler, PhD
Jake Wintermute, PhD
Anna Chase, PhD
Yadira Tejeda Saldana, PhD
B-W CARR Separations
Tender Food, Inc.
CULT Food Science
Edge Foods Co.
U. of Reutlingen
U. of Colorado, Boulder
U. of California, Davis
U. of Calgary
U. of Maribor
Black Sheep Foods
What topics, speakers, and panels would you like to see at #NewHarvest2022?
Let us know by March 11, 2022
Want to make a splash, promote your brand, and show your support for this emerging field?
Please reach out directly
Are you a company or artist who would like to share your work?
Apply by April 22, 2022
Interested in working a shift in exchange for free admission?
Apply by April 21, 2022
If you would like to sponsor New Harvest 2022 – please reach out! We're cooking up something big for 2022, and always keen to partner with mission-aligned friends on inventive ways to showcase cell ag. You can get in touch with Steph at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is New Harvest 2022?
How do I get to the venue/Newlab?
Newlab is located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard at 19 Morris Ave, Building 128, Brooklyn, NY 11205. Please enter at the 6th Street and Flushing Ave entrance to the Navy Yard.
What is New Harvest?
New Harvest is an independent, donor-funded nonprofit advancing the field of cellular agriculture. Our mission is to maximize the positive impact of cellular agriculture. Translation? We don't just want to build the field, we want to build it with integrity. New Harvest has been around since 2004 and funds open, public, collaborative cultured meat research around the world.
Is the event in person or virtual?
In person, June 9 & 10, in Brooklyn, New York. The exact address is: 19 Morris Ave, A free livestream will be available for those who can’t attend IRL.
I purchased a ticket for New Harvest 2020. Will that transfer?
All tickets purchased for New Harvest 2020 will transfer and be honored for our 2022 event. Once the ticket portal goes live, we will have a special code for you to re-register for free.
If you purchased a ticket for New Harvest 2020 but cannot attend New Harvest 2022, we are happy to issue you a refund. Please email Lanto at email@example.com and we will get you squared away ASAP! A big thank you to everyone who chose to donate the funds from their initial ticket to New Harvest.
I made a programming suggestion/signed up to volunteer/signed up to host a watch party for New Harvest 2020 - now what?
In short, we are starting over! We have a new volunteer form, new livestream form, etc.
Who is this event for?
#NewHarvest2022 is an intimate (<250 person) event for anyone interested in exploring the possibilities of growing food from cells. It isn't a trade show (although you can expect to taste some prototypes), has only one stage at a time, and is designed to maximize meaningful, 1:1 connections. Whether you are a scientist or investor, artist or journalist, wanting to break into cell ag or skeptical of this technology, this event is for you. Programming doesn't require a technical background, and newcomers are just as welcome as industry veterans.
What is your refund policy?
Tickets are generally nonrefundable, but we will issue refunds on a case-by-case basis. To request a refund, please follow these instructions. In the event that you are unable to attend due to Covid-19, or that New Harvest cancels the event due to Covid-19, we will obviously refund your ticket.
Where should I stay? Does New Harvest have a hotel discount?
Who should I contact for a press pass?
Meera Zassenhaus at Meera@new-harvest.org
What is your Covid-19 policy?
Our Covid-19 policy, including steps we are taking to keep attendees safe, is outlined here.
How do I request a disability accommodation?
We strive to host an inclusive, accessible event that enables all individuals, including those with disabilities, to engage fully. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Annie Forrest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have more questions!
Ask away! Please email Meera Zassenhaus at email@example.com :)