Cellular Agriculture: utilizing cell culture to grow animal products
With the growing threat of climate change, sustainable development has become more and more critical to our modern society. Researchers all over the globe have been working non-stop, trying to find a way to meet continuous human demands, such as food, while conserving our limited resources.
For that reason, The Chemical Institute of Canada, Toronto Section (CICTor) is excited to have Dr. Tejeda-Saldana from New Harvest give us a talk on Cellular Agriculture on Thursday, March 17th, 2021, from 6:00 to 7:00 PM EDT.
Cellular Agriculture, a technology that allows us to obtain agricultural products using cell cultures, was considered one of the solutions to mitigate our impact on finite natural resources in the latest IPCC sixth assessment report. More than just a novel technology to obtain new products, it has the potential to transform our food system into a more just and democratic one. But, to achieve this goal, we will need all hands on deck, collaboration, and openness. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the science behind cell-cultured food products and highlight some benefits and challenges the field faces.
About Dr. Tejeda-Saldana
Dr. Tejada-Saldana is a food scientist by training and has spent more than 10 years working in the industry and academia. During graduate studies, she became interested in the intersection between science and policy and was actively involved in science communication initiatives. The experiences led her to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship at the Ivey Business School, where she used her scientific background to advance regulatory cooperation between Canada and the U.S. in the agri-food sector. She is eager to use her background to help build a thriving cellular agriculture ecosystem worldwide while learning alongside this innovative field as it evolves.