The deepest dive yet on alt proteins
From September 22-24, 2021, GFI brought together 1,500+ scientists, entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, and corporate leaders from around the world to share data and insights aimed at accelerating change, eliminating obstacles, and scaling solutions for mainstreaming alternative proteins across our global food system.
Everyone showed up knowing the stakes
To achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, agriculture-as-usual must change. Alternative proteins are a practical, globally scalable solution that is within our grasp. At GFC 2021, representatives across the public, private, and civil society sectors shared insights and data on the state of alt proteins today. GFC 2021 convened the critical mix of disciplines, decision-makers, and doers who are needed for system-scale change.
Charting the roadmap
Building on key insights on the state of alt proteins today, the three-day gathering focused on the path ahead:
- What scientific, technology, and commercial innovations will be required to transform how food is made?
- What does the policy landscape need to look like?
- What does the market need to look like? Consumer behavior?
- What does an alt protein economy look like in terms of infrastructure, investments, jobs, and labor transitions?
- What sister strategies—from clean energy and carbon markets to biodiversity and ecological restoration—need to accelerate in order for workers, communities, and the entire food system to experience a sustainable, secure, and just transition?
Conference attendees, including scientists, entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, and corporate leaders
Countries from which attendees hailed
Speakers, expert panelists, and moderators from across the public, private, and civil society sectors
Day-by-day session recordings
Whether you joined us at GFC 2021 or not, everyone is invited to view recordings of our full line-up of plenaries, expert panels, in-depth tech track sessions, and more.
Wednesday, September 22nd
Plenaries and panels
Join us as we kick off GFC 2021 with diverse voices from across the field of alt proteins, each underscoring the importance of this moment in time.
If we build it, will they come? Dive deep into the consumer insights that will determine the trajectory of the alternative protein sector.
Learn how multi-disciplinary research collaboratives provide the foundational infrastructure required to accelerate R&D in the industry.
Greater affordability may drastically increase the impact of alternative proteins. What will it take to lower costs and increase access?
Discover insights from GFI’s labor analysis project and hear from innovative leaders working to grow the alt protein talent pipeline.
Experts discuss policy recommendations based on the recently released techno-economic analysis & life-cycle assessment of cultivated meat.
Join experts to discuss how alt proteins are a key solution for climate, biodiversity, and land use.
Join these absolute icons of alt proteins as they reflect on how far the field has come in five years and why the next five are even more critical.
Thursday, September 23rd
Plenaries, panels, tech track sessions, and pitch slam
It’s the fastest-growing consumer market for alt protein—and the only one with cultivated meat for sale—but can it scale up fast enough?
Leading talent, agricultural biodiversity, and a thriving manufacturing sector – but can emerging Asia join the alt protein vanguard?
With leading startups and researchers, Israel is becoming a global hub for alt proteins. Find out what business opportunities await you.
Biodiversity, agribusiness, regulatory framework, and consumer market can make Brazil the global leader in the alternative protein sector.
Experts with a deep history of driving scientific innovation share insights on accelerating emerging industries toward tipping points.
It’s 2040. What does the alternative protein market look like and what did it take to get here?
Plant-based meat production is being propelled by novel methods. Learn how LME, HME, and alternatives to extrusion are advancing the field.
Explore the latest research advancing the development of affordable, animal-free media for cultivated meat production.
Hear leading investors, corporations, and standard-setters discuss how alternative proteins fit into the critical ESG investing movement!
Delve into the latest precision fermentation research and learn how this platform is improving the organoleptic qualities of alt proteins.
Discover the key breakthroughs that will make processing inputs and ingredients for alternative proteins more effective and affordable.
Get a sneak peek of fresh ideas from entrepreneurs seeking to make a splash in alternative proteins and solve key market challenges.
Learn from GFI’s grantees how they are tackling the most pressing challenges in alternative protein science to advance the field.
Meet students from around the world who are playing a pivotal role in building the alternative protein ecosystem.
Friday, September 24th
Plenaries and panels
Join GFI vice president of policy Jessica Almy and cross-sector colleagues as they discuss near-term milestones that will get us on a path to 2050.
Learn how the Singaporean and U.S. governments are ensuring the safety of cultivated meat as it comes to market.
Join this discussion on commercializing ingredients, scaling manufacturing capacity, infrastructure funding gaps, and more.
Taste is the #1 barrier to consumer adoption. What are the biggest sensory challenges—and what promising innovations are on the horizon?
Why governments should support alternative seafood as an ocean sustainability solution.
Learn about the importance of truthful alternative protein labeling for safety, legality, and consumer acceptance.
Explore the current co-man landscape, how existing CMO’s are moving into alt proteins, and challenges for startups working with co-mans.
Join Ezra Klein live as he interviews Bruce Friedrich at the end of GFC 2021, with key takeaways and reflections from a global team of GFI’ers.
Stay connected and engaged: GFIdeas Community
While GFC 2021 brought together multi-disciplinary experts and change-makers in a single event, it’s critical that we all regularly connect and collaborate if we are to collectively shift our global food system at the scale and pace needed. GFIdeas is a community designed for this purpose, convening people from across the alt protein sector to make connections, discover the latest research, learn from food industry experts, and support each other in building a sustainable, secure, and just food system. We welcome everyone dedicated to alternative proteins — from students to investors to our donors — to share this space and grow the good food community.
November 10-12, 2021
Smart Protein Summit
After major success in 2020, GFI India’s Smart Protein Summit is back for 2021! The 3-day virtual event will bring together the most important smart protein stakeholders: businesses, investors, entrepreneurs, scientists, researchers, and policymakers. This year’s summit, scheduled from November 10-12, brings together an audience that can propel the smart protein ecosystem forward in India and beyond.
Join us at an upcoming webinar, seminar, or alternative proteins industry event.
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