Let’s meet to create the future of meat!

The Good Food Institute’s inaugural conference will convene leading global scientists, policymakers, investors, entrepreneurs, and companies, in order to explore the vast potential for plant-based and clean meat innovations to transform our global food system.
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Join us via live stream at the inaugural Good Food Conference, September 6-7.

It was 5 years ago this August that Dr. Mark Post served up the world’s first real hamburger that didn’t require butchering a cow. He grew the cells in vitro, with a $1 million grant from Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

Five years ago, it might’ve been hard to imagine that in 2018, there would be 15 different clean meat companies. It would have been almost impossible to predict that the technology would have attracted investments from some of the biggest venture-capital funds and investors. Even more impressively, investments have also come from big meat companies like Tyson Foods and Cargill, and even governments, like Israel and Japan.

This September, we are very proud that Dr. Post is joining GFI as co-organizer, cohost, and scientific advisor to the Good Food Conference, which we are hosting a U.C. Berkeley with the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology.

The event will facilitate critical conversations between renowned scientists, policymakers, investors, entrepreneurs, and companies interested in plant-based and clean meat, as well as their supporting technologies. The conversations will be moderated by journalists from top media outlets who have been covering the plant-based and clean meat fields.

You can view the speakers and full conference schedule on the conference website. Here are just a few of the stand-out sessions that we’re excited about:

Ezra Klein, Founder and Editor-at-Large at Vox, will lead a discussion on plant-based and clean meat policy with major influencers of U.S. food policy, including Ann Veneman, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. 

Wired contributor Zara Stone will speak with leaders from some of the most pioneering companies in the plant-based meat space including Pat Brown (Impossible Foods) and Seth Goldman (Beyond Meat) to discuss innovating for mainstream consumer acceptance. 

Jeff Bercovici from Inc. Magazine will discuss how capital can accelerate the plant-based meat industry with Lisa Feria (Stray Dog Capital), James Joaquin (Obvious Ventures) and other leading venture capitalists. 

Mark Post (MosaMeat), Eric Schulze (UPSIDE Foods), and other pioneering clean meat scientists will have a discussion with Jacob Bunge from the Wall Street Journal about what excites them most about next steps for their companies and the industry as a whole. 

Erin Brodwin from Business Insider will chat with UPSIDE Foods CEO Uma Valeti, JUST CEO Josh Tetrick, and other clean meat company founders to discuss challenges, opportunities, and what excites them most about next steps for their companies and the clean meat industry as a whole. 

The New York Times‘ Nathaniel Popper will talk with representatives from key kosher and halal certification bodies about how they see clean meat fitting into Judaism and Islam. 

Lunches are courtesy of Impossible Food and Beyond Meat, with reception food courtesy of Good Catch and Ocean Hugger.

A conference designed to move the needle

GFI plays a unique role in the food industry — breaking down perceived barriers and connecting all of the disparate parts of our food system in order to affect change. And GFI’s conference, The Future of Meat: Accelerating the Plant-Based & Clean Meat Industries, is designed as a reflection of that ethos. This exclusive event is capped at around 350 people, and the schedule provides ample opportunities for networking and conversations that matter.

Tickets to the Good Food Conference are sold out, but you can follow the world-class speakers and stay engaged through our live stream. Sign up online today.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available.


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Annie Cull