Real Food Seminars currently offers 3 workshops. These workshops can be delivered in your school classroom
in-person, via Skype, or by video. E-mail Darryl Benjamin to start the conversation.
- Caveat Comedentis: Eater Beware — New Engineered Foods. The food industry is using gene-altering science to “improve every aspect of the food-value chain.” We will take an in-depth look at two of these techniques currently used in crops, livestock and food: nanofoods – altering the DNA of food through the insertion of nanoparticles, and CRISPR/Cas9 – selective gene editing. We’ll identify some of the products that have already reached the marketplace and look at current research and development. We’ll define and evaluate the pros and cons, similarities and differences with GMOs, and the imminent impact on farmers, consumers, agribusiness, sustainable food systems, and industrial agriculture. Who stands to gain? Who stands to lose? Benefits, unintended consequences, and social, environmental, and economic impacts will be scrutinized. Join us for an energizing workshop on the future of food.
- Motherless Meat: From Petri Dish to Plate. Would you eat meat cultured in a lab if it was guaranteed safe? Lab-grown meat is the new kid on the block when it comes to engineered food. Also known as in-vitro meat, cultured meat, synthetic meat, tissue-engineered, vat meat, and 3D printed meat, it’s real meat taken from real cow stem cells and then propagated in massive quantities in the laboratories of Big Ag company manufacturers. With rising populations, the appetite is there to quickly develop this technology. Should we be worried? What are the impacts on farmers and their cattle populations? Is it regulated? Who stands to benefit? What are the health safety issues? We’ll take a look at the pros and cons, the concerns and claims, the hopeful and the factual.
- The Future of Food. What is the future of food? Who will it favor in the tug-of-war between industrial food and sustainable food systems? Considering the fast pace of advances in engineered food and precision agriculture, consumers, farmers, and policymakers worldwide are challenged to reach a consensus on a clear vision for the future of the world’s food supply.