This presentation explores issues related to the emerging technology of in vitro meat (or cultured or “clean” meat) and sustainability through the concepts of "nested communities" or "overlapping spheres of moral concern." This will entail a brief look at the unsustainability of traditional meat in terms of the environment, and explain in vitro meat and its purported ability to mitigate or even reverse environmental damage from animal agriculture. The potential environmental benefits of in vitro meat will be examined critically alongside its shortcomings.
Nathan Poirier is a first-year PhD student in Sociology seeking specializations in Animal Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies. He has previous Master’s degrees in Mathematics and in Anthrozoology.