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Our 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 meat, cultivated meat, and fermentation.


Module 1 reimagining protein supply

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

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

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

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 cultivated meat

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.

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Explore our online course in Portuguese

Explore the science behind alternative proteins in this free, online course created by our affiliates at GFI Brazil.


China online course

Learn alternative protein fundamentals in Chinese

Our partners at the GFI Consultancy created this no-fee, online course to help Chinese-speaking scholars and communities dive into the science of alternative proteins.

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“Completing the course and listing it on my resume helped me to obtain interviews with companies in the alternative protein space, including Rebellyous Foods where I am currently working.”
Jeffray Behr, Food Production Research Engineer at Rebellyous Foods
“[GFI’s massive open online course] really helped me learn the ropes in terms of how to make alternatives to animal products.”
Sri Artham, Founder, Hooray Foods
“This MOOC has introduced me to the world of cultivated and plant-based meat, covering all areas of innovation and giving a fresh perspective of what the industry is looking for. Not only did it teach me about the science, but it has also taught me the social and economic reasons that make this area of innovation so important.”
Joana Martinho, Master’s student, Engineering of Micro and Nanotechnology, NOVA Lisbon University
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