We are developing the roadmap for a sustainable, secure, and just protein supply. We identify the most effective solutions, mobilize resources and talent, and empower partners across the food system to make alternative proteins accessible, affordable, and delicious.


A world where alternative proteins are no longer alternative.


  1. Believe change is possible: We bring determination and informed optimism to our work because we know a better food future is achievable.
  2. Do the most good we can: We focus our time and resources where they will make the biggest difference in order to maximize our donors’ support.
  3. Share knowledge freely: Good data, good science, and good strategy have the biggest impact when they are available to everyone.
  4. Act on evidence: Our strategy is grounded in data. We make decisions on the basis of research and the industry insights our experts uncover.
  5. Invite everyone to the table: We foster an inclusive, collaborative work culture. With the same spirit, we bring together a wide range of partners to advance our mission.

Our theory of change

Alternative proteins like plant-based and cultivated meat offer a better way to feed the world.

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A flooded conventional animal farm | Image courtesy of Jo-Anne McArthur


Current meat production is unsustainable and inefficient. It is a key driver of climate change, environmental degradation, and antibiotic-resistant disease. 

Yet, these facts have not sparked significant behavior change: People are eating more meat than ever in the United States and around the world.

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Impossible Pork | Image courtesy of Impossible Foods


We can produce meat from plants or cultivate it from cells more sustainably and efficiently. This will mitigate climate change, environmental degradation, and the rise of antibiotic resistance. 

We will make more progress by changing the default choices than by trying to change every single person’s mind.

Our difference

As a nonprofit, GFI is uniquely positioned to accelerate alternative proteins and support the entire space.

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We share knowledge freely.

In a field where many innovators are seeking proprietary solutions to the same set of problems, GFI’s research, data, and insights are open-access and support the advancement of the entire alternative protein space.


We focus where others are not.

GFI advances high-impact, tractable solutions in areas where too few people and too few dollars are working.

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We take a big-picture perspective.

Our approach crosses the cultivated meat, plant-based, and fermentation industries. We take a long-term view and work around the world, across the supply chain, and with the public and private sectors.

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How we’re funded

GFI is 100 percent powered by philanthropy. Our progress is only possible thanks to gifts and grants from our global family of donors. 

People around the world support our work because, together, we can transform our food system to mitigate climate change and environmental degradation, feed our planet’s growing population, and secure a food supply that decreases the risk of zoonotic and antibiotic-resistant diseases. 

Alternative proteins are how we feed the world — sustainably.

Our areas of focus

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Explore the science of plant-based, cultivated, and fermentation-derived meat. Discover research ideas, funding opportunities, and open-access tools.

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Learn why alt proteins offer solutions to the issues that governments want to address. As a nonprofit, we advocate fair policy and public funding.

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Find market opportunities, open-access resources, and tailored guidance for producing and selling alternative proteins.

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GFI around the world

Alternative proteins are a global solution to global problems. In addition to the United States, GFI works where we can have the greatest possible impact on our global food system: Asia Pacific, Brazil, Europe, India, and Israel.

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Meet our team

GFI’s global team of scientists, lawyers, lobbyists, business experts, and analysts work with partners around the world to build a better food system. Our advisory councils include corporate leaders and top academic researchers. Our diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and passions are among our core strengths.

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“GFI has been a great resource — both in helping us build relationships with partners in the plant-based space and in sharing broad retail market data that has informed our decisions.”
— Gil Phipps, Kroger
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“GFI has really put cultivated meat on the map for us. We’re grateful to have GFI’s team of scientists analyzing the areas of need in this burgeoning industry and driving conversations about how existing players can become partners in progress.”
— Lavanya Anandan, Head of Innovation Field, Cultivated Meat & Future Foods, Merck KGaA 
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“GFI’s Asia Pacific team is super dedicated and highly effective in delivering results in a way that suits the regional culture. We benefit hugely from their resources, connections, publicity, and technical papers.”
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“Without GFI and the corporate engagement team, we would be two, three years behind.”
— Eric Christianson, Perdue
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“GFI Europe’s drive and support as one of the Founding Members were crucial in setting up the European Alliance for Plant-Based Foods. This coalition of the willing is striving for a level playing field for the plant-based food sector, putting plant-based foods at the center of the transition towards more sustainable food systems.”
— Siska Pottie, Secretary General, EAPF
“GFI, their white papers, their publications, and all the work they do on policy has created such awareness. That GFI goes across all these categories and now is expanding globally — it has made the difference in this industry.”
— Lou Cooperhouse, BlueNalu
“The vast majority of entrepreneurs have told us time and time again how important GFI has been in eliminating many of the challenges in establishing startups.”
— AgFunder news
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