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Cultured Meat and Future Food Podcast

64 EpisodesProduced by Alex ShiraziWebsite

Cultured Meat and Future Food is a short-form podcast series discussing the role of plant based food, clean meat, cultivated meat and food technology. The show is focused on asking industry leaders questions for an audience with a non-scientific background. Cultured Meat and Future Food is targeted … read more

64 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

Special Edition: Eat Just, Inc., Announces Cell-cultured chicken has been approved for sale

December 4th, 2020


This is a special edition episode with Dr. Vitor Santo of Eat Just, Inc.

SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eat Just, Inc., a company that applies …

Josh Balk of the Humane Society of the U.S.

November 24th, 2020


Join Alex as he sits down (virtually) with Josh Balk, Vice President, Farm Animal Protection at the Humane Society of the U.S./ Founder of Hampton Creek. The two discuss where the world is headed in terms of the foods …

Björn Lárus Örvar, Ph.D. of ORF Genetics

November 13th, 2020


Björn is a co-founder of ORF Genetics. He served as the CEO of the company from 2006 to 2013 and the Executive V.P. and Chief Scientific Officer of …

Lavanya Anandan of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

October 24th, 2020


Lavanya is the Head of Partnerships & External innovation, within  the Strategy & Transformation group at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt,  Germany, a global life science and pharmaceutical company. Based at the …

Dr. Tiffany Lee of the North American Meat Institute

September 23rd, 2020


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Tiffany Lee is the director of regulatory and scientific affairs for the North American …

Ricardo M. Gouveia, PhD - New Harvest Fellowship Series

September 13th, 2020


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Ricardo completed his Licenciatura degree in Biology from the University of …

Scott Allan - New Harvest Fellowship Series

September 1st, 2020


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Scott Allan is a New Harvest Research Fellow and PhD student with the Centre …

Carrie Chan of Avant Meats

August 9th, 2020


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Carrie is a seasoned business executive with a passion for the environment, …

Andrew Stout - New Harvest Fellowship Series

August 4th, 2020


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Alex Shirazi interviews industry veteran Andrew Stout on this episode. 

Andrew …

Dr. Martina Miotto and Leo Groenewegen of CellulaREvolution Ltd.

July 25th, 2020


Alex Shirazi sits down with Dr. Miotto and Leo Groenewegen to chat about the exciting new developments from CellulaREvolution, based in the UK.

 Dr. …

Jannis Wollschlaeger - New Harvest Fellowship Series [DE]

July 14th, 2020


Diese Folge ist eine special edition Episode, die von Anita Bröllochs moderiert wird. Die Folge wurde auf Deutsch aufgenommen. 

Jannis Wollschlaeger …

Jordan Jones - New Harvest Fellowship Series

July 7th, 2020


Alex Shirazi interviews Jordan Jones, who is working on exciting new  technologies that could lead to tremendous milestones in the world of  cultured …

Dr. James Ryall of Vow

July 6th, 2020


The Cultured Meat Symposium 2020 online event is taking place this October 19-21, 2020. Learn more and register at

 On this …

Sam Peabody - New Harvest Fellowship Series

June 23rd, 2020


Established in 2004, New Harvest is the non-profit research institute building the field of cellular agriculture. We're partnering with new Harvest …

Dr. Nina Buffi and Dr. Jan Saam of

June 19th, 2020


This episode is co-hosted with Anita Broellochs.

Nina Buffi obtained her degree of Microengineering in 2009 at the Swiss Institute of Technology …

Natalie Rubio - New Harvest Fellowship Series

June 2nd, 2020


We're excited to announce the New Harvest Fellowship Series.

Established in 2004, New Harvest is the non-profit research institute building the field …

Liz Marshall - Meat The Future

April 30th, 2020


Alex Shirazi chats with filmmaker Liz Marshall about the upcoming  documentary: Meat The Future (2020). Learn more about the film at

 Liz Marshall is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker. Since the …

Bruce Friedrich of The Good Food Institute

April 18th, 2020


Bruce Friedrich is co-founder and executive director of The Good Food Institute. With branches in the United States, India, Israel, Brazil, Europe, and Asia Pacific, GFI is accelerating the production of plant-based and …

Shannon Theobald

April 10th, 2020


Shannon is a data-driven creative-at-heart and her mission is to create a better future by changing the way we produce and consume food. 

She is a Jack of All Trades that specializes in consumer-backed business …

Gary Schefsky of New Luna Ventures

April 6th, 2020


Gary Schefsky is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of New Luna Ventures. He is also an investor, professor, educational writer and a leading proponent of sustainable impact measurement.

New Luna Ventures is a …

Tony Hunter - Futurist for food

April 1st, 2020


Tony Hunter is a Global Futurist, Speaker and Foresight Strategy consultant specializing in the Future of Food.

He uses his FutureCUBED™ methodology …

Kevin Cochran, CEO & Founder of Jackie Mays Grill

February 15th, 2020


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Kevin Cochran makes his full circle return to the restaurant …

Björn Öste of Good Idea Drinks and Oatly

January 18th, 2020


Alex Shirazi chats with Björn Öste about starting a food company, his career in tech, and the success of Oatly through the decades.

Björn Öste is the founder and CEO of Good Idea, Inc and co-founder of  Oatly. In the …

Ira van Eelen

December 5th, 2019


Alex Shirazi and Ira van Eelen sit down in Maastricht, Netherlands to discuss the historic journey of cultured meat through the last few decades. 

Food and Artificial Intelligence with Lav Varshney

October 4th, 2019


New Speakers announced! The Cultured Meat Symposium is a conference dedicated to cell-cultured meat or cultivated meat technology. Taking place in …

Ingrid Newkirk, President and Founder of PETA

September 9th, 2019


Ingrid Newkirk is the president and founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. She is the subject of the HBO documentary I Am an Animal and has written eight books about helping animals, including Making …

Robert Petrarca of Maxine's Heavenly

August 31st, 2019


Robert Petrarca is the co-founder and CEO of Maxine's Heavenly, a line of vegan, gluten-free, oat based cookies with about 1/2 the sugar as leading natural brands of cookies.  Maxine's Heavenly cookies are mom's …

Philip Saneski of ReGrained

August 17th, 2019


Philip Saneski is the VP of Product and Commander-in-Chef of ReGrained, a mission-driven brand ingredient platform that connects urban craft …

Guy Crims of The Butcher Shop by Niku Steakhouse

August 3rd, 2019


Guy Crims, or “Guy the Butcher,” as he’s generally known, is a veteran of the butcher business and a legend in the world of Japanese Wagyu. In 2017 alone, Crims was responsible for bringing 4.3 metric tons of Wagyu beef …

Dr. Yuki Hanyu of IntegriCulture

July 31st, 2019


Yuki Hanyu got his Ph.D in chemistry from Oxford University in 2010.

After working as a research scientist in Tohoku University and Toshiba Research and Development Center, he founded the "Shojinmeat Project", the …

Mike Selden of Finless Foods

June 14th, 2019


Mike Selden is the Co-founder and CEO of Finless Foods, a cellular agriculture company developing future food technology. In this episode, we explore …

Series Swap: Adam Yee of My Food Job Rocks and Hugh Thomas of Ugly Drinks

June 7th, 2019


This episode will feature another podcast, the My Food Job Rocks podcast!

Adam Yee is the host of the My Food Job Rocks podcast, a podcast about food …

Fabio Ziemssen of NX-Food

May 30th, 2019


Fabio and Alex chat about the next wave of future foods and the aspects of a successful product on store shelves.

Fabio Ziemssen is the Director of …

Dr. Vitor Santo of JUST

May 24th, 2019


Vitor Espirito Santo is the Director of Cellular Agriculture at JUST focused on the planning and implementation of the clean meat program in the …

Dr. Kate Krueger of New Harvest

April 30th, 2019


Dr. Kate Krueger chats with Alex Shirazi about her background in the  cellular agriculture space and her work as Research Director at New York  based …

Dr. Tom Simmons of Stem

April 15th, 2019


Tom is Founder and CEO of Stem! He formerly held fellowships at the  University of Cambridge and at the World Economic Forum and has  advocated sugar reduction initiatives through Sky News and Channel 4  television …

Laura D’Asaro of Chirps

April 2nd, 2019


Laura D’Asaro and Alex Shirazi chat about the marketing behind getting people to “eat bugs” and how the journey to powdered cricket proteins started. Laura D’Asaro is the co-founder/CEO of Chirps, a company that works …

Julia Aumüller and Jens Tuider of ProVeg

March 13th, 2019


Julia Aumüller, studied sociology and specialized in sociology of food. She is working as Executive coordinator at ProVeg, working closely with the …

Dr. Can Akcali of

March 9th, 2019


Can Akcali MD PhD, is a full professor of Cellular and Molecular Biology. He received MD from Ankara University and Ph D from University of …

Is cultured meat vegan? – Kenny Torrella – Mercy For Animals

February 5th, 2019


Kenny Torrella serves as Mercy For Animals’ director of communications. Alex Shirazi and Kenny Torella discuss the role of future food technologies, …

Tom Ben Arye – Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

January 6th, 2019


Tom is an Israeli Ph.D candidate developing clean meat in the Levenberg lab of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He finished his B.Sc in …

Sara M. Oliveira of INL

December 17th, 2018


Sara Oliveira is a biomedical engineer specialized in tissue engineering. Two years after her PhD, she decided to dive in to a new adventure. Sara …

Keith Zakheim of Antenna Group

November 27th, 2018


As chief executive officer, Keith Zakheim ensures Antenna lives and breathes the firm’s core values — strong ethics that instill trust and impart …

Sandhya Sriram of Shiok Meats

October 24th, 2018


Dr. Sandhya Sriram has extensive experience in the biotechnology space. We discuss her interest in business and the path that led to the cell-based …

Thomas King of Food Frontier

October 14th, 2018


Thomas King discusses how he started out as an environmental advocate at an early age. This led his work to focus on alternatives to animal …

Ali Bouzari of Pilot R&D and Render Foods

October 10th, 2018


In this episode, Alex Shirazi and Ali Bouzari talk about future food technologies and developing food that creates an experience. We chat about the …

Carrie Kuball of EnviroFlight

October 7th, 2018


Carrie Kuball and Alex Shirazi chat about the future of food technology as it relates to insect proteins and animal feed. Carrie discusses the Black …

David Benzaquen of Ocean Hugger Foods and PlantBased Solutions

September 30th, 2018


Alex Shirazi and David Benzaquen talk about the increasing rise of popularity for plant based alternatives and food technology startups. David …

Ahmed Khan of CellAgri – Clean Meat Founders Series

September 19th, 2018


We wrap up the Clean Meat Founders Series with Ahmed Khan. Alex and Ahmed discuss the Cellular Agriculture industry, the products that are currently …

Darren Henry of Seafuture Sustainable Biotech – Clean Meat Founders Series

September 12th, 2018


Learn about the basics of aquaculture and how cell-based fish could change they way we consume seafood. Dr. Darren Henry discusses his company and …

Brian Spears of New Age Meats - Clean Meat Founders Series

September 6th, 2018


Brian Spears and Alex Shirazi sit down at the IndieBio HQ in San Francisco to discuss New Age Meats. This episode was recorded live August 5, 2018. Brian Spears is the cofounder and CEO of New Age Meats. After …

Didier Toubia of Aleph Farms - Clean Meat Founders Series

August 30th, 2018


I had the pleasure of speaking with Didier Toubia of Aleph Farms. We discussed the future of clean meat as it relates to antibiotics, coming to …

Stephanie Wallis and Benjamina Bollag of HigherSteaks

August 15th, 2018


Alex talks clean meat with Stephanie Wallis and Benjamina Bollag of HigherSteaks. Based in London, HigherSteaks is creating cultured meat starting …

Ron Shigeta of Wild Earth – Clean Meat Founders Series

July 27th, 2018


Ron Shigeta PhD is a a co-founder of IndieBio, the world’s premiere accelerator for biotechnology. Ron helped establish a portfolio of 68 innovative …

Robert Yaman of Kiran – Clean Meat Founders Series

July 20th, 2018


Robert Yaman is the Co founder of Kiran, a clean meat company based in San Francisco. Robert and I chat about the path to creating a clean meat company, the resources available in the industry for early stage founders, …

Peter Verstrate of Mosa Meat – Clean Meat Founders Series

July 14th, 2018


Peter Verstrate is the CEO of Mosa Meat, the company known for producing the first Cultured Meat hamburger in 2013. Peter and I chat about the …

Episode 08: Erin Kim

July 7th, 2018


I chat with Erin Kim of New Harvest about a realistic approach to cultured meat. We discuss the early days of New Harvest, the transformation of the …

Episode 07: David Welch

June 28th, 2018


Clean Meat could change the way we produce food in the future. I had a great discussion Dr. David Welch covering topics related to Clean Meat …

Episode 06: Rosie Bosworth

June 21st, 2018


Dr. Rosie Bosworth is making change in the global food system. Alex and Rosie discuss the state of clean meat, vertical farming, and the startups that are making an impact.


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Episode 05: Isha Datar

May 27th, 2018


Cultured Meat or Clean Meat is changing the world in many different ways. Isha Datar of New Harvest talks about the technology behind cellular …

Episode 04: Lisa Feria

May 2nd, 2018


Cultured Meat or Clean Meat is changing the world in many different ways. Lisa Feria from Stray Dog Capital discusses the cultured meat and plant …

Episode 03: Paul Shapiro

April 8th, 2018


Cultured Meat or Clean Meat is changing the world in many different ways. Paul Shapiro is the author of “Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals …

Episode 02: Daan Luining

March 8th, 2018


Cultured Meat or Clean Meat is changing the world in many different ways. Daan Luining discusses the role of Cultured Meat and how it’s made, when we …

Episode 01: Brad Barbera

March 4th, 2018


Cultured Meat or Clean Meat is changing the world in many different ways. Brad Barbera, the Director of Innovation at the Good Food Institute …

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