Read and Discuss "Clean Meat" by Paul Shapiro
dim. 20 janvier 2019 à 20:00
For our January meetup, we will be reading Paul Shapiro's book, "Clean Meat: How Growing Meat without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World." This is a controversial book from several perspectives but important, I believe, for our group to read and discuss. I've just started it and found it to be an easy read so far... Here is the (extremely unappetizing) description of this book from Amazon: "Paul Shapiro gives you a front-row seat for the wild story of the race to create and commercialize cleaner, safer, sustainable meat—real meat—without the animals. From the entrepreneurial visionaries to the scientists’ workshops to the big business boardrooms—Shapiro details that quest for clean meat and other animal products and examines the debate raging around it. Since the dawn of Homo sapiens some quarter million years ago, animals have satiated our species’ desire for meat. But with a growing global population and demand for meat, eggs, dairy, leather, and more, raising such massive numbers of farm animals is woefully inefficient and takes an enormous toll on the planet, public health, and certainly the animals themselves. But what if we could have our meat and eat it, too? The next great scientific revolution is underway—discovering new ways to create enough food for the world’s ever-growing, ever-hungry population. Enter clean meat—real, actual meat grown (or brewed!) from animal cells—as well as other clean foods that ditch animal cells altogether and are simply built from the molecule up. Whereas our ancestors domesticated wild animals into livestock, today we’re beginning to domesticate their cells, leaving the animals out of the equation. From one single cell of a cow, you could feed an entire village. And the story of this coming “second domestication” is anything but tame." As usual, we will be serving vegan food at this meetup... please feel free to bring a vegan dish or snack. If you do not bring food, I’d appreciate if you would donate $5 towards room and food expenses. If you do bring a dish, I recommend something not too messy as we have to leave the room exactly as we found it. We will not be providing beverages but there is a snack bar in the library which sells a collection of juices and water. For those who are new to the library, there is a parking garage in the back. Hope you can join us for a no-doubt passionate discussion of a timely topic... Laura PS PLEASE keep your RSVP current. We have limited space and it is really discouraging when people sign up and then back out at the last minute or don’t even show up, having taken up a space that someone else might have enjoyed. And finally, the obligatory disclaimer: The Princeton Public Library does not advocate or endorse the viewpoints of meetings or meeting room users. The $5 charge mentioned above is a suggested but not obligatory donation to help me cover the room rental, food, and occasional movie screening fees. These much-appreciated donations may be placed on the table in the room where we meet.