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Empiricist League #15: Food
May 6, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| $10
Will eating insects one day replace eating McDonald’s? Are GMO’s the last, best hope for saving mankind? Should we grow meat in a lab instead of on a factory farm? Join us for the Empiricist League’s fifteenth gathering, covering the many ways that new discoveries will change how we eat.
Doors at 7:30pm. First speaker starts at 8pm.
Eating Insects: An argument for self-sustenance and a bug-centric cuisine
Ashley Marie Quinn is a designer and activist interested in the cross-section between art, science and technology. Through her work she bridges the gap between environmental awareness, human action, and behavior change by creating novel experiences and design interventions. Ms. Quinn will speak to the Empiricist League about the history of entomophagy, better known as the practice of eating insects, it’s current state, and how to take it to the next level.
GMOs to the Rescue: Could golden rice, arctic apples, and other genetically modified organisms save the world?
Drake P. Bennett is a staff writer at Bloomberg Businessweek. He has written on topics ranging from robotics to anarchist activism to soccer match-fixing to the airline industry. Previously, he was the staff writer for the Boston Globe Ideas section. His freelance work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Wired and Slate. Mr. Bennett will speak to the Empiricist League about the promise of genetically modified organisms, and why they inspire such controversy.
The Vegan Cheeseburger: Why lab-grown meat can (and should) be the future of protein
Isha Datar is the Executive Director of New Harvest, a non-profit research organization working to develop animal products made without animals and instead in cell culture. She has a BSc. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Alberta and a M.Biotech from the University of Toronto. In 2012, she spoke at TEDxToronto about cultured meat and eating sustainably through changing one’s meat intake. Ms. Datar will speak to the Empiricist League about the technology and potential of cultured animal products.