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What is Next Nature?

With our attempts to cultivate nature, humankind causes the rising of a next nature, which is wild and unpredictable as ever. Wild systems, genetic surprises, autonomous machinery and splendidly beautiful black flowers. Nature changes along with us.

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Mark Post – Meet the New Meat

As we are moving towards 9 billion people living on our planet, it seems impossible to continue producing & consuming meat like we do today. Will we soon all be eating rice and beans? Perhaps. Yet professor Mark Post thinks otherwise.

At the Next Nature Power Show, Mark Post presented his plan to create the first lab-grown hamburger. He argues lab-grown meat could become the environmentally friendly alternative for breeding cows and pigs for meat consumption. It is relatively simple to take stem cells from an animal and grow them to produce new muscle tissue. Simply add sugar, proteins and fat and get it into shape with a bit of exercise to created edible meat. The only problem then is to find a new role for our livestock.

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  1. Meg

    “The only problem then is to find a new role for our livestock” Hmmm… Are you suggesting that the role of every animal species is to serve us, or further, to be eaten by us? While we all celebrate a more sustainable world, many of us can poke holes in the moral grounding of your position on the roles of animals in our society.

  2. @meg: Did you watch the talk? Did you see the last slide in the talk? I feel that should answer your question.