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Muriel Vernon

Dr. Muriel Vernon is a cultural and medical anthropologist. She is the founder of and very passionate about cellular agriculture research and education. She received her Ph.D. from UCLA and taught anthropology for over 14 years at UCLA and at Elon University. Dr. Vernon has been a vegetarian for nearly 30 years and has always tried to bring the problems of animal agriculture into the classroom. In 2019 she decided to focus her undergraduate class projects on cellular agriculture because she believes that climate change education is critically important for all students to learn about no matter what their college major is. Working with students on a cultured meat project has opened her eyes to not only the need for education on the subject but more importantly, the need to inspire and motivate students to become active participants in addressing climate change through academic projects and coursework. In 2020, she decided to leave her academic position at Elon to become a full-time climate change educator specialized in cellular agriculture. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

The Cell-To-Table Movement: How Steer-Less Steaks Will Redefine Sustainably Grown Meat

8 Mins Read In the late 1970s, the “farm-to-table” movement was born out of Alice Waters’ desire to create a local, sustainable ecosystem between food production, distribution, and consumption. Chez Panisse, her Berkeley restaurant credited with championing this new dining approach, has since inspired many others. Farm-to-table mainly refers to restaurants sourcing food directly from local, ideally small […]