January 23, 2020: IRES Faculty Seminar with Lenore Newman

IRES Seminar Series

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm (every Thursday)

Location: AERL Theatre (room 120), 2202 Main Mall


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Farm in a Bottle: Implications of the Coming Future of Dairy

The global environmental impact of rising consumption of animal products presents serious environmental challenges. One alternative is cellular agriculture: the production of animal products in-vitro. Such “clean meat” technologies promise improvements in environmental metrics, animal welfare, and human health. This discussion highlights research into the potential impact of cellular agriculture on the dairy industry; though cellular dairy could offer significant ecological benefits, these could be countered by intensification of agricultural activity in equatorial regions for the production of feedstocks for cellular agriculture. Using the concept of telecoupling, an umbrella concept that refers to socioeconomic and environmental interactions over distances, this talk examines the policy landscape needed to prevent unequal distribution of the costs and benefits of alternatives to animal products.

Lenore Newman

Associate Professor, University of the Fraser Valley
Director, Food and Agriculture Institute Canada Research Chair 


Lenore Newman is the director of the Food and Agriculture Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Food Security. Lenore is also a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s New College. Lenore researches agricultural land use policy, bioengineering in the food system, and the role of food and agriculture in the creation of place. Her first book, Speaking in Cod Tongues, was published to wide acclaim in January, 2017. Her second book, Lost Feast, was published by ECW Press in 2019. She holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from York University.

Website: http://lenorenewman.com/

Faculty Profile: https://www.ufv.ca/geography/faculty-and-staff/faculty-members/newman-lenore.htm