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New Harvest

New Harvest is a charity organization promoting the commercialization of clean meat, and other cellular agricultural products, through financial support in the form of grants for researchers and start-ups. Grants issued by New Harvest are used to advance cellular agricultural technologies and help commercialize cellular agricultural products.

New Harvest is a donor funded charity organization located in New York City, New York. New Harvest supports the commercialization of clean meat and other cellular agricultural products through financial support in the form of research grants for scientists and venture capital funding for start-up. Grants issued by New Harvest are used to advance cellular agricultural technologies and help commercialize cellular agricultural products.

Dr. Jason Matheny, an economist and animal activist, founded New Harvest in 2004 with the hopes of reducing animal suffering through commercializing cultured meat products. At the time, Dr. Matheny believed the commercialization of cultured meat was being held back lack of innovative engineering and not by lack of scientific discovery. Dr. Matheny ran New Harvest part time from 2004 until 2013 when he hired Isha Datar full time as the executive director of New Harvest.

Projects supported by New Harvest
First cultured beef burger

New Harvest helped fund research done by Mark Post and his team at Maastricht University that created the worlds first cultured beef burger.

Bioreactor designs for culturing pork

New Harvest awarded Jess Krieger of Kent State University a grant for her research into improving nutrient and oxygen delivery for culturing pork products in bioreactors.

Development of malleable skeletal muscle differentiation via cell line and matrix engineering

Andrew Stout was awarded a $227,264 grant from New Harvest for his PhD biomedical engineering project at Rice University. The research project focuses on creating scalable ways to stimulate muscle tissues to help the growth and differentiation of muscle tissues grown in bioreactors.

Development of plant-based bioreactor scaffolds

Santiago Campuzano received a research grant from New Harvest worth $184,500 for his three MSc research project at the University of British Columbia for the development of plant-based materials that can be used as bioreactor scaffolds.

Bioreactor bioprocess parameter research

Scott Allan received a $95,000 research grant from New Harvest for his Meng research project at the University of Bath. Allan's research focuses on four fundamental processes occurring within bioreactors when culturing products using microorganisms. These four process are: reaction kinetics (how fast cells grow, divide, and mature), transport of nutrients and waste products, flow of growth media over cells, metabolic requirements (how much food and waste is cells use or create).

Cellular agriculture fellowship program at Tufts University

Tufts University and New Harvest are working together to form a cellular agriculture program for graduate students. New Harvest is financially supporting graduate students who make it into the cellular agricultural fellowship program at Tufts University.

Research into the mass production of avian muscle cells at North Carolina State University

New harvest gave $118,800 over the course of two years to support research at North Carolina State University investigating how to produce chicken and turkey meat through cellular agriculture.

Focus groups on perception and attitude towards cellular agriculture and clean meat products

The Richard Lounsbery Foundation financially supported the first American focus groups on the perception of clean meat and other products made through cellular agriculture. The focus groups were ran by Hart Research, and information and advice was given by New Harvest and the Environmental Law Institute.

Founding of Perfect Day Foods

The Executive Director and CEO of New Harvest, Isha Datar, connected two New Harvest volunteers, Ryan Pandya and Perumal Gandhi, and asked them if they wanted to start a company making animal free dairy products after realizing both men shared similar interests. In April 2016 they founded a company called Muufri, which would later become Perfect Day.

Founding of Clara Foods

New Harvest began the "New Harvest Egg Project" in November 2014 after connecting two New Harvest members, David Anchel and Arturo Elizondo. Anchel and Elizondo were passionate about the project, and decided to to start their own company using cellular agriculture to make egg proteins called Clara Foods.

Environmental assessment of clean meat vs. animal livestock

New Harvest funded Hanna Tuomisto's research at Oxford University comparing the environmental impact of clean meat compared to traditional livestock agriculture. The research paper "Environmental Impacts of Cultured Meat Production" was published in 2011 in the journal of Environmental Science & technology.




Caleb Harper

On board of directors

Erin Kim

Communications director

Isha Datar

Executive director and CEO

Jason Metheny

On board of directors

Karien Bezuidenhout

On board of directors

Kate Krueger

Research director

Scott Banister

On board of directors

Further reading


Meet the Canadian helping to reinvent the way meat is made

Joe Castaldo

News article

New Harvest Review | Animal Charity Evaluators

Animal Charity Evaluators

Charity review

This Futuristic Startup Could Disrupt The Dairy Industry

Michael Pellman Rowland

News article

Documentaries, videos and podcasts


Cellular Agriculture - Isha Datar, CEO at New Harvest

February 17, 2017

Cellular Agriculture, Clean Meat, Developments, Building a New Industry, and How to Get Involved With New Harvest Research Director Dr. Kate Krueger

22 May 2018

Cultured Meat and Future Food Podcast Episode 05: Isha Datar

Cultured Meat and Future Food Podcast Episode 08: Erin Kim

How Will Cellular Agriculture Be Regulated? with Vince Sewalt | New Harvest 2017

December 14, 2017




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