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The State of Global Policy on Alternative Proteins

Our annual State of Global Policy Report tracks public investment in alternative proteins and showcases the actions governments took to position themselves as leaders in the field.

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Fact sheets

Our fact sheets give you everything you need to know in a bite-sized package and reflect the latest in alternative protein policy thinking. These resources are helpful for a high-level overview of the field or a deeper dive into a particular issue.

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Alternative protein food industry survey: Startups

Discover key insights from our 2024 survey on the alternative protein food industry. This summary highlights crucial findings from manufacturers, investors, retailers, and more, providing strategic considerations for navigating the…

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Environmental impacts of alternative proteins

Explore the environmental advantages of alternative proteins in diversifying the global food supply. With minimal land and water use, lower GHG emissions, and reduced pollutants, investing in alternative proteins ensures…

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Defense Production Act: The Department of Defense should invest in food biomanufacturing to advance national security

As DoD invests $1 billion in biomanufacturing, GFI recommends prioritization of biotechnology-based food production under the Defense Production Act Investments Program.

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Farm Bill: Centers of Excellence for Alternative Protein Innovation

The 2023 Farm Bill should recognize and fund at least three Centers of Excellence that focus on alternative proteins.

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Farm Bill: Alternative protein R&D within AFRI

Including alternative proteins as a research area within AFRI would ensure funding eligibility and fuel breakthroughs that lead to economic benefits.

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Cultivated meat’s regulatory pathway 

The FDA has completed its first safety evaluation for cultivated meat. What comes next? Learn more about cultivated meat’s regulatory path to market.

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The global health benefits of alternative proteins

Alternative proteins can help prevent the next pandemic by meeting the rising demand for animal products without risking zoonotic disease or antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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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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An overview of food label censorship

Label censorship, which prohibits the use of meaty terms on alternative protein products, is anti-free market, unconstitutional, and unnecessary.

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The First Amendment right to use clear labels on food

Alternative protein producers have a First Amendment right to describe their products in a clear manner consistent with consumer expectations.

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The United States should prioritize public investment in alternative proteins

Publicly funded research on alternative proteins will benefit the American economy, food security, and consumers.

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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.

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White papers

GFI’s featured white papers explore the benefits of alternative proteins in detail, building on the latest research and global developments to make the case for an alternative protein transition. From climate change to food security to America’s place in the world, learn more about how alternative proteins help solve global challenges.

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The biodiversity benefits of alternative seafood

This paper explores how plant-based and cultivated seafood could fill the growing supply gap while minimizing impacts on biodiversity.

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Climate benefits of accelerating global production of alternative seafood

This white paper explores how plant-based and cultivated seafood could fill the growing seafood supply gap while mitigating climate change.

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Alternative proteins are a global food security solution

Amid a global grain shortage and skyrocketing food prices, alternative proteins can make the global food system more efficient and resilient.

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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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A global protein transition is necessary to keep warming below 1.5°C

Learn why alternative protein innovation is crucial to meeting the Paris Agreement temperature target and how we can accelerate progress.

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Partner resources

Alternative proteins are growing in prominence as a solution to global challenges and opportunity for a growing world. These resources from GFI’s partners and allies contain compelling research, modeling, and reporting that position alternative proteins as a priority for policymakers and entrepreneurs.

What’s cooking? An assessment of the potential impacts of selected novel alternatives to conventional animal products

The UN Environmental Programme underscores alternative proteins’ promise for the environment, public health, and animals, and presents a wide range of supportive policies for global leaders to consider.

CSIS: Mitigating Risk and Capturing Opportunity: The Future of Alternative Proteins

This report from the Center for Strategic & International Studies details the importance of plant-based and cultivated meat as tools to increase food security and build a food system that is more resilient to climate change, antimicrobial resistance, and global instability.

Climate Advisers: Reducing Methane Emissions from Food and Agriculture

This review of the opportunities to reduce agricultural methane emissions finds that investing in alternative proteins is among the most powerful mitigation strategies available.

ClimateWorks Foundation: Global Innovation Needs Assessment – Protein Diversity

This assessment explores the potential economic benefits of alternative proteins and quantifies the level of investment needed to achieve optimal results.

The Breakthrough Institute: The Case for Public Investment in Alternative Proteins

This report lays out the best arguments in support of federal investment in research, innovation, and partnerships to advance the field of alternative proteins.

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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.

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