Roughly 45-50% of the world’s land surface area is dominated by animal agriculture, according to filmmaker Liz Marshall. The impact on the biosphere includes deforestation and loss of indigenous land rights. She explains the biggest hurdle of creating cultured meat in a lab is scalability to produce for the masses — at affordable prices. In her documentary “Meat the Future,” she follows UPSIDE Foods for five years, where former cardiologist Uma Valeti is leading the charge.
Marshall describes the groundbreaking process of witnessing a team of scientists intent on creating cultured meat as “a big idea to a prototype to incredible research and development to a place where America’s regulatory food agencies, the FDA and USDA, are working together to create a pathway to bring this to market.”
Marshall says as a filmmaker, she is interested in stories that focus on solutions, rather than doom-and-gloom topics.