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Will Feeding People Kill the Planet? More on the Future of Food

  • 06:00 PM
  • 970-476-0954

Will Feeding People Kill the Planet? More on the Future of Food


With Rohini Banskota, Brian Spears and Dr. David Welch, moderated by Nicole Civita

Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; program begins at 6 p.m.

Vail Interfaith Chapel | Vail

Following up on our successful winter program examining the nexus of food production and waste in climate change, the Vail Symposium now turns attention to the daunting challenge of feeding 10 billion people by 2050 without destroying the planet in the process. Global demand for meat is outpacing the earth’s ability to sustain livestock. With livestock already producing as much greenhouse gas as all forms of transportation combined–land use, groundwater pollution and increased greenhouse gas emissions are just of few of the ramifications of increased meat consumption. How can food producers meet that demand for meat in a way that is sustainable? What is the science behind laboratory produced meat and is it economically viable? Will consumers taste the difference? Join this panel discussion comprised of researchers and pioneer entrepreneurs who are trying to solve one the world’s most serious and intractable challenges.
Rohini Banskota is Director of Policy at Finless Foods. Finless Foods aims to bring delicious seafood to the world without having to farm or harvest live fish. She holds a Masters of Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. 
Brian Spears is the co-founder and CEO of New Age Meats — making meat from animal cells instead of animal slaughter. Previously, he spent eight years as co-founder of Sixclear, creating software and products to automate the research labs and production environments of customers such as NASA, Cisco Systems, Sandia National Labs and GE Healthcare. He is a chemical engineer with 12 years of industry experience in laboratory and industrial automation.
David Welch, Ph.D., is the director of science and technology at the Good Food Institute (GFI). David oversees GFI’s team of scientists, combining his background in plant biology and regenerative medicine to help companies and academic research institutions accelerate the development of plant-based and clean meat alternatives to animal products. David holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in plant developmental cell biology from Utrecht University. He has more than fifteen years’ experience in the life science industry, including the product development, market development and commercialization of cells, scaffolds, cell reprogramming tools and cell culture media for regenerative medicine and bioprocessing applications.
Nicole Civita (moderator), is an Instructor and the Sustainable Food Systems Specialization Lead in the Masters of the Environment Graduate Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. She holds an LL.M. in Agricultural and Food Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law, aJ.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the Georgetown University Law Center, and an American Studies and Creative Writing from Columbia University.
This program is generously underwritten by Doris Dewton & Ricard Gretz. The Environmental Awareness series is generously underwritten by Holly & Buck Elliott and is presented in partnership with Walking Mountains Science Center

Watch Dr. David Welch discuss how clean meat will impact the biotechnology industry 

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