Doctoral student Angela Lee has recently had her work published in the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, the foremost Canadian feminist legal journal. The article, entitled “Meat-ing Demand: Is In Vitro Meat a Pragmatic, Problematic, or Paradoxical Solution?”, takes a critical perspective on in vitro meat (also referred to as lab-grown meat, cultured meat, or clean meat, among other names), which has been garnering significant attention in recent years.
The numerous potential benefits associated with in vitro meat (IVM) make its commercialization on a large scale an obvious solution for its proponents, who claim that it could cut hunger, offer public health benefits, mitigate the environmental effects of conventional industrial meat production, and improve animal welfare.
However, an ecofeminist approach to IVM highlights the need to assess not only the technical attributes and possibilities of the technology, but also its underlying worldview, as well as the unintended social and environmental consequences that could result. Reflecting on the question of whether IVM is a pragmatic, problematic, or paradoxical solution to the ills associated with industrial meat production and increasing meat consumption, the article argues that optimistic claims trumpeting the promissory potential of IVM are overly simplistic and warrant closer scrutiny, especially when considering how they will be regulated.
Ms. Lee's research on the topic of food innovations and animal products of biotechnology has also been published in the Canadian Journal of Food Studies and is included as part of a forthcoming volume on Food Law in Canada, which she is co-editing with Professors Heather McLeod-Kilmurray and Nathalie Chalifour. Angela also co-teaches an upper-year seminar on Food Law with Professor McLeod-Kilmurray.