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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Cultivated meat regulation

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 fair public policy

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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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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Resource

Cultivated meat LCA and TEA: Policy recommendations

See key findings from and policy recommendations based on CE Delft’s life cycle assessment and techno-economic assessment of cultivated meat.

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.

Elizabeth derbes, j. D. , mph

Elizabeth Derbes, J.D., MPH

GFI ALUM

Michael ryan

Michael Ryan

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF POLICY

Michael Ryan manages GFI’s legislative initiatives and executive branch funding advocacy.

Areas of expertise: Congress, appropriations, legislative procedure, legislative strategy.

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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.

Emily hennessee

Emily Hennessee

POLICY ASSOCIATE

Emily Hennessee works on legislative and regulatory efforts related to alternative proteins and represents GFI as Innovation Lead for Action Track #2 of the United Nations Food Systems Summit.

Areas of expertise: public health, food systems, sustainability, nonprofits.

Nicole manu, j. D.

Nicole Manu, J.D.

GFI ALUM

Scott weathers, msc.

Scott Weathers, MSc.

GFI ALUM

Gabriel wildgen

Gabriel Wildgen

SENIOR LEGISLATIVE SPECIALIST

Gabriel Wildgen represents GFI on Capitol Hill as the organization’s federal lobbyist.

Areas of expertise: Legislation, food law and policy, environmental protection, nonprofits, and strategic partnerships.

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White House calls for investment in U.S. seafood. It should add alternatives to the mix

Public investment in alternative seafood has the potential to make America a leader in seafood production with vast positive impacts for the economy, workers, human health, and ocean sustainability.

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Why the U.S. should prioritize alternative protein research

Alternative proteins can enhance food security. But, to integrate them into our food supply, we need public investment in alternative protein research and development.

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How plant-based companies are fighting back against label censorship

With help from organizations like GFI and ALDF, plant-based companies are challenging unnecessary and unconstitutional label censorship laws and transforming the policy landscape.

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Europe’s proposed “veggie ban” contradicts EU sustainability goals and defies consumers

GFI Europe is teaming up with international nonprofits, leading businesses, and over 140,000 consumers across the continent to urge the European Parliament to reject a damaging and unnecessary plant-based food…

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Arkansas wants to make sure you know ‘almonds don’t lactate’

The Good Food Institute, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and the ACLU of Arkansas are bringing a lawsuit on behalf of Tofurky challenging Arkansas’ unconstitutional label censorship.

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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.