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Billion Dollar Burger

Inside Big Tech's Race for the Future of Food

Chase Purdy

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Piatkus Books
30 June 2020
Biography: business & industry; Biography: science, technology & engineering; Society & Social Sciences; Impact of science & technology on society; Food & beverage technology; Cooking with meat & game
A fast-paced, gripping insider account of the global race to be the first company to put a lab-produced meat product on the market, and to enact the biggest upheaval to the food business in decades The animal agriculture business is a billion-dollar industry, but with relentless population growth, increasing pressure on natural resources and the disturbing environmental impact of large-scale agricultural operations, the whole world seems to be sleepwalking into a food crisis. This is the story of a group of seven vegans quietly working to solve one the most pressing issues we face today, creating the biggest upheaval to the food business in decades along the way. In BILLION DOLLAR BURGER, Chase Purdy explores the companies at the cutting edge of the nascent food technology sector. He tells the inside account of JUST Inc. (formerly Hampton Creek) - the first and only food startup ever to hit unicorn status - and its lightning rod CEO Josh Tetrick as they race to create a viable synthetic meat product, bring it to market ahead of the competition and upend the monolith of animal agriculture. From the lobbyist working behind the scenes to fix regulations in advance to allow for distribution of lab-created products, to the fundraisers working with some of the biggest investment banks and wealthiest individuals in the world, BILLION DOLLAR BURGER will take readers on a truly global journey from Silicon Valley to China, by way of Israel and the UK.
By:   Chase Purdy
Imprint:   Piatkus Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   320g
ISBN:   9780349420332
ISBN 10:   0349420335
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   30 June 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Chase Purdy is a New York-based reporter at Quartz, where he covers the business and politics of food. He began reporting on food issues in 2014 at Politico in Washington, DC. While there, he covered the development and rollout of the US Dietary Guidelines, a federal nutrition policy document that informs what foods meet eligibility for inclusion in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), as well as what can be served on military bases and in the $16 billion federal school meals program. He also covered the meat industry, agricultural lobbying, food safety policy, and the effects of antibiotic use in animal agriculture. Before tackling the food beat, he worked in Virginia and Florida covering an array of topics that include the criminal justice system, immigration, and politics at the state and local levels. His work has appeared in The New York Times, as well as in newspapers across the country.

Reviews for Billion Dollar Burger: Inside Big Tech's Race for the Future of Food

Someday, humans will look back today's industrial meat production with horror. Chase Purdy brilliantly chronicles the emergence of a new industry poised to set us on the path to a more humane future, with dramatic implications for agriculture, the environment and the way we think about food A deeply reported account of the science, politics, and personalities behind cell-cultured meat that every eater needs to read. Chase Purdy brings the stuff of science fiction to life in this fascinating book Can humanity move beyond the slaughterhouse? Billion Dollar Burger is a compulsive and well-researched account of the scientists, entrepreneurs and activists trying to save the world through high-tech meat Billion Dollar Burger is a journalistic feat, offering us the first real, behind-the-scenes look at the wild world of vegans, scientists and venture capitalists racing to upend our plates. A thoughtful, entertaining, well-researched and essential book This is a fast-paced, early peek into what will soon be the topic at dinner for the next two decades: lab-grown meat. What do we call it, is it good, should I eat it? Read this and get ahead of the curve A wild ride to the far horizon of our food system. Chase Purdy breaks important new ground in this gripping account about the innovators, activists and big-money investors who are reinventing meat as we know it. Not only are they changing the world - they're doing it a lot faster than you think A thorough, thoughtful dive into the revolution coming for our plates. I learned so much


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