Online course: The science behind alternative proteins
GFI’s open-access online course, The Protein Transition, explores the science behind alternative proteins. In five self-paced modules, you’ll learn about the biological and chemical processes used to produce plant-based, fermentation-derived, and cultivated meat, as well as the environmental and economic drivers behind these market sectors.
Sign up for our no-cost online course
GFI’s massive open online course is a free and flexible learning opportunity available to anyone in the world. Through English-language video lectures and suggested readings, learners will gain an understanding of the science behind the production of plant-based, fermentation-derived, and cultivated meat.
Module 1: Reimagining the protein supply to feed 10 billion
In the first module, you’ll learn about the sustainability and public health challenges associated with conventional meat production. This lecture will also provide a brief introduction to plant-based, fermentation-derived, and cultivated meat.
Module 2: What is meat?
In module two, we’ll cover the nutritional properties of meat, including the properties of meat-derived proteins and fats. Then we’ll discuss some of the qualities that contribute to the experience of eating meat, including texture, color, and flavor.
Module 3: Leveraging plants to create plant-based meat
Module three starts with an overview of plant-based meat. You’ll also learn about the roles of crop development, ingredient optimization, end product formulation, and manufacturing in the production of plant-based meats.
Module 4: Fermentation as an emerging production pillar in alternative proteins
In module four, you’ll learn about fermentation’s role as a powerful technological platform within the alternative protein industry. This lecture will explore how traditional, biomass, and precision fermentation methods are expanding innovation in this sector.
Module 5: What is cultivated meat?
Module five begins with a definition of cultivated meat and then dives deep into the technology value chain required for its production. This lecture also covers costs, environmental impacts, regulation, food safety, and scale-up for this burgeoning industry.
Connect with us to learn more
Please contact Renee Bell for more information about GFI’s online course.
Student resource guide
This guide will help you steer through the exciting world of alternative proteins.
Plant-Based Meat Manufacturing Guide
Learn about plant-based meat manufacturing by extrusion and explore directories of ingredients, facilities, and co-manufacturers.
Analyzing cell culture medium costs
This white paper explains different routes to lowering the cost of cell culture medium and making cultivated meat economically viable.
Alternative protein curriculum development and support
We’ve recognized a need for more alternative protein sources in the classroom. Now, you can take advantage of our curriculum materials and resources exclusively created for students and professors.