Popular Netflix series “Explained” is back with a new season, taking deep dives into topics such as cults, pirates, and the future of the meat industry.
Every week, the Vox series releases a new celebrity-narrated episode surrounding a different subject. It presents facts, statistics, and interviews with experts in the field.
A number of high profile guests featured in the first series, including former secretary of state Hilary Clinton — who spoke on the subject of “Why Women Are Paid Less” — and senator Cory Booker, who lent his views on “The Racial Wealth Gap.”
The second series has ten episodes. The first four episodes have already been released — “Cults,” “Billionaires,” “Animal Intelligence,” and “Athleisure.”
The description for “Animal Intelligence” reads, “what goes on inside an animal’s mind? Figuring out how they think and feel might just be the key to understanding our own place in the world.”
Not much has been revealed about “The Future of Meat” episode — which is set to arrive on Netflix in November — although, in the trailer, the clean meat industry is discussed. It is likely that vegan meat will also be discussed.
“Cultured meat isn’t any different than conventional meat,” says Josh Tetrick — co-founder and CEO of JUST — in the trailer. “The only difference is, you don’t need to kill the animal.”
What Is The Future of Meat?
As well as vegan eggs and mayonnaise, JUST is currently developing clean meat. To grow it, scientists only need the cells of an animal — no slaughter required.
A number of brands are focusing on bringing clean meat to market, including Israeli company Aleph Farms. The startup recently became the first company ever to grow meat on the International Space Station. It did so in a bid to prove that meat can be grown anywhere — even planet Earth is not required.
“This joint experiment marks a significant first step toward achieving our vision to ensure food security for generations to come while preserving our natural resources,” said Aleph Farms CEO Didier Toubia in a statement.
As it stands, the meat industry is not sustainable. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, tackling meat consumption is the world’s most urgent problem.
“The greenhouse gas footprint of animal agriculture rivals that of every car, truck, bus, ship, airplane, and rocket ship combined,” the organization stated last year. “There is no pathway to achieve the Paris climate objectives without a massive decrease in the scale of animal agriculture.”