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.

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Key alternative protein policy resources

We’ve put together an informative suite of resources, written by both our Policy team and global partners, to help keep you informed on the latest innovations in alternative proteins, the state of global policy, and the legal and policy solutions that address urgent threats to our food system. 

What our U.S. policy team does

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.

VICE PRESIDENT, POLICY

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

ASSOCIATE LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR

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.

LEAD REGULATORY COUNSEL

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

REGULATORY ATTORNEY

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

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

Curt chaffin

Curt Chaffin, J.D.

DIRECTOR OF POLICY

Curt contributes to creating a better future of food by inspiring and growing our policy team.

Areas of expertise: strategic planning, management, environmental law

Shira fischer

Shira Fischer

POLICY PARALEGAL

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

LEGISLATIVE SPECIALIST, STATES

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

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Michael Carter

POLICY ASSOCIATE

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.