The future of meat makes for a choice conversation in this episode of The Main Course, as host Barbara Castiglia talks with Paul Shapiro, author of Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and The World and the CEO of The Better Meat Co.
Shapiro has spent a lot of his life trying to figure out ways to improve our coexistence with animals. He worked for years trying to get laws passed that improved the life of a farm animal. One example was getting egg-laying chickens out of the small cages where they laid eggs.
“About five or six years ago, I started wondering if technology would do even more,” Shapiro said, “to help improve the treatment of animals, besides trying to persuade people what we are doing is wrong.” He elaborated that the United States was once a whaling nation, but now we care about them. It happened because we no longer needed their resources.
It led him down the path of clean meat, without the downside of raising farm animals, so people can still have the same food without the cruelty.
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