What our work supports

We work to secure government support for alternative protein research and advocate public policy that places all proteins on a level playing field. Public support and fair policy will ensure that alternative proteins are affordable and accessible, leading to a more resilient food supply, more choices for consumers, and a stronger economy.

Driving a strong economy

From semiconductors to solar power, publicly funded research has enabled the success of the most significant innovations since World War II. These innovations have driven economic growth. In the same way, publicly funded research on alternative proteins will stimulate economic growth, provide more opportunities for farmers, and create good jobs. 

Creating choices for consumers

The market for plant-based foods has seen rapid growth in recent years. More and more people are also excited about cultivated meat and alternative proteins produced through fermentation. These alternative proteins offer an opportunity to provide consumers with the variety they crave. We advocate clear and efficient regulations so that more foods come to market safely and properly labeled.

Building a resilient food supply

Demand for meat is at an all-time high and is expected to continue to rise. Diversifying our food supply by growing the alternative protein sector will pay dividends in terms of both global health and sustainability, which will make our food supply more resilient.

Policy initiatives

GFI’s Policy Team is an interdisciplinary team of lawyers, lobbyists, and policy experts. Guided by a belief in societal change and grounded in science, we focus on three primary initiatives to advance alternative proteins. GFI’s international affiliates do similar work abroad.

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Securing government funding

Government support will accelerate the growth of alternative proteins. Learn how GFI works to secure public funds for alternative protein research.

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Ensuring a clear path to market

Cultivated meat must have an efficient regulatory path to market to be successful. Learn how GFI advocates clear and efficient regulations.

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Advocating for fair labeling

Alternative proteins need a fair competitive landscape. Learn how GFI advocates fair public policy that places all proteins on a level playing field.

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What are alternative proteins?

Given how essential alternative proteins are to a global protein transition, the term itself needs to be universally understood, on the tip of more tongues, and at the top of more agendas.

Key policy resources

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Alternative proteins for a sustainable, secure, and prosperous future

Alternative proteins create a path to a sustainable, secure, and prosperous future. Policymakers should prioritize investments to improve the quality, affordability, and accessibility of alternative proteins.

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Open-access research is needed

Open-access research will accelerate the progress of plant-based and cultivated meat, which will benefit the economy, food security, and consumers.

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Alternative proteins ensure American competitiveness

Plant based foods have gained momentum and notable market share. Read our report explaining why the U.S. should build up a domestic alternative protein industry.

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Breakthrough Energy supports alt proteins as a critical climate solution

Climate NGO Breakthrough Energy’s suggestions for government policies that can help put alternative proteins on a path to success. 

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GINA report: $10.1b investment needed to realize benefits

This Global Innovation Needs Assessment, co-funded by the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office and the ClimateWorks Foundation, conveys the economic benefits of alternative proteins and quantifies the level of investment needed to achieve optimal results.

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The Breakthrough Institute: Government should support alt proteins

“The Case for Public Investment in Alternative Proteins” from the Breakthrough Institute lays out the best arguments in support of federal investment in research, innovation, and partnerships to advance the field of alternative proteins.

What does our U.S. policy team do?

Through public research, fair regulation, and smart investment, the U.S. government has a crucial role to play in making our food future more sustainable, secure, and just. GFI’s U.S. policy team engages leaders at all levels of government to address food system challenges through alternative protein solutions.

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Protein Innovation Nation Newsletter

Protein Innovation Nation is a monthly newsletter covering local and national updates around public research funding, regulation, legislation, and labeling. Hear the latest on key market updates, new reports, and opportunities at GFI.

Meet our policy experts

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Jessica almy, j. D.

Jessica Almy, J.D.


Jessica Almy, J.D., leads GFI’s Policy team in setting legislative and regulatory strategy to promote fair policies and public research for plant-based, cultivated, and fermented foods.

Areas of expertise: regulation, legislation, science and public policy, public health, environmental law, food policy.

Penny eastman

Penny Eastman


Penny helps to create a sustainable, secure, and just food system by advancing alternative proteins in Congress.

Areas of expertise: government relations, lobbying, legislation

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Laura Braden, J.D.


Laura Braden works on domestic and global regulatory issues affecting cultivated meat and plant-based foods.

Areas of expertise: U.S. and global regulation, patents, litigation.

Madeline cohen

Madeline Cohen


Madeline Cohen works on regulatory and policy issues affecting cultivated meat and plant-based foods.

Areas of expertise: regulatory landscape, domestic policy, and litigation

Shira fischer

Shira Fischer


Shira provides support to GFI’s policy team to level the regulatory playing field for alternative proteins.

Areas of expertise: regulatory processes, policy research, project management

Drake jamali

Drake Jamali


Drake leads the Policy Department’s state legislative efforts and campaigns for public research to accelerate progress on alternative proteins.

Areas of expertise: state legislation, research, coalition building

Michael carter

Michael Carter


Michael supports the Policy team by providing original writing and analysis in support of alternative protein development and deployment.

Areas of expertise: research and analysis, content creation, electoral politics

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Support our work

Our policy initiatives are made possible thanks to our generous, global family of donors. Philanthropic support is vital to our mission. Connect with us today to discuss how you can help fuel this transformative work.