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China Gobbles the World

Meat consumption is skyrocketing in China – and that's bad news for the environment

When the world’s biggest pork producer, Smithfield Foods, was bought by China’s largest pork company last year, early coverage provoked fears of putting US hogs in the hands of foreigners. However, in time the deal may come to be seen as symptomatic…
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by: Tom Levitt – March 24, 2014

What’s the Beef?

Lab-grown meat could resolve the environmental and ethical problems of industrial agriculture. But will anyone eat it?

Mark Post had a slight grin on his face as he prepared to reveal the contents of the stainless steel food container in his hands. In front of him were a phalanx of photographers, cameras, and scribblers – an audience of more than 200 reporters from media outlets around the globe. The journalists gathered at the London auditorium were eagerly waiting to see – and perhaps even taste – the world’s most…
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by: Tom Levitt – Winter 2014

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