Ben Wurgaft: Meat Planet

Ben Wurgaft: Meat Planet

What makes cultured meat imaginable?

Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft is a public scholar whose latest book, Meat Planet: Artificial Flesh and the Future of Food, looks deeply at this question. These days, technologies for cultured meat are kept more and more under wraps; Ben’s research then, offers an incredible glimpse at the industry. We chat about the book’s stories, but also food tech, science fiction, and what this pandemic means for meat production.

Bonus question on a cultured meat TV episode (Black Mirror, anyone?) at 33:32.

For more from Ben, follow @benwurgaft on Twitter. Meat Planet can be purchased in bookstores today.

This episode marks the end of season 2, but we’ll see you soon!

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