Hacking the Meat System

Instructor: Brian Kateman

Spring 2017: February 21, 28, March 7, 21, 28 (5 sessions; Tuesdays, 6:10-8:10 PM)

*This course falls within the Sustainable Food Systems Track


If the meat system is broken, how can we fix it? Proposed solutions are plentiful, but few seem to agree on one. Some argue for investing in more humane and eco-friendly practices or in the future of food technology like plant-based or cultured animal products; others advocate for leaving meat off our plates entirely. But if we are to develop and deliver effective solutions, the engagement of stakeholders representing all motivations and areas of expertise is critical. At its core, this course explores how we can unite diverse perspectives in human health, environmental sustainability, and animal welfare with emerging scientific tools to create a more equitable, compassionate, and sustainable food system.

Brian Kateman is Co-Founder and President of the Reducetarian Foundation (RF), where he oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization. A TEDx speaker and leading expert on the food system, he has appeared in hundreds of media outlets including The Huffington Post, National Geographic, Los Angeles Times, Fox News and The Daily Mail. He is editor of the forthcoming book The Reducetarian Solution (Penguin Random House, 2017). Brian received a Master of Arts in Conservation Biology from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science from the Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York.