Nov 12th 2022

The Future of Meat

@ The Plant

1400 W 46th St, Chicago, IL 60609

Opening Saturday, November 12th, from 2PM - 9PM

We are denizens of a warming planet, and meat—beef in particular—accounts for nearly 60% of all greenhouse gases from food production. The health impacts of meat consumption are both global and personal: while lean meat has been shown to have some health benefits, processed meat is so harmful that the WHO ranks it alongside known carcinogens like tobacco and alcohol in its likelihood of causing cancer. And as individuals, we must grapple with our own cultural, religious, and ideological reasons both to eat meat and to abstain from it.

What has changed in our relationship to meat – and what needs to change?

Convening speakers whose perspectives are informed by religious ethics, environmental policy, critical animal studies, and the science of creating alternative meat, this event will consider the impacts of the meat industry and suggest alternatives for its future.

This day-long symposium is organized by the Goethe-Institut Chicago and Bubbly Dynamics LLC, owner and operator of the former meatpacking facility now known as The Plant.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, including speaker bios, and to claim your free ticket, please see here:



Food Security and Climate Justice: The Meat of the Matter
Virtual Keynote Address (on-site)
Lisa Tostado, Former Head of Programme for Climate, Agriculture and Trade at the European Union office of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in Brussels

The Chicago Stockyards, Packingtown, and the Modern Meat Industry
Jacob Kaplan, Editor and Co-Founder of Forgotten Chicago

Panel Discussion: A Future With(out) Meat
Nekeisha Alayna Alexis, Independent Scholar and Theologian
Dr. Debbie Yaver, Chief Scientific Officer, Nature’s Fynd
Jacy Reese Anthis, Sociologist, Statistician, and PhD Fellow at the University of Chicago


Reception with Nature’s Fynd and Back of the Yards Algae Sciences foods

Dinner and drinks available for purchase on-site at The Plant, including pizza at Whiner Beer Co.’s Taproom and MeetStop by Ste. Martaen’s vegan comfort food


The Killing Floor (1984)
Introduced by Dominic Pacyga, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of History, Columbia College Chicago

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