The Challenge: Animal agriculture causes at least four key harms
● The Environment: United Nations scientists state that raising animals for food is “one of the major causes of the world's most pressing environmental problems, including global warming, land degradation, air and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity.”
● Sustainability: Growing crops to feed them to farm animals is vastly inefficient, driving up the price of grains and legumes, and entrenching global poverty; to produce enough food for more than 9.7 billion people by 2050, we will need a more efficient system.
● Human Health: Heath issues associated with excessive animal product consumption include obesity, chronic heart disease, elevated rates of cancer, antibiotic resistance caused by the overuse of these drugs in farm animals, and tens of millions of illnesses annually from meat contaminated with dangerous pathogens.
● Animal Protection: Industrialized animal agriculture subjects tens of billions of thinking, feeling animals to lives of extreme confinement, emotional trauma, painful mutilations, and inhumane slaughter.
Our food production system is at a breaking point.
The Solution: GFI’s Four Program Areas
Studies consistently show that the primary factors in any consumer’s eating choices are taste, price, and convenience. The Good Food Institute is laser-focused on working to make plant-based and clean meat, dairy, and eggs (i.e., grown in a culture without live animals) as delicious, price-competitive, and convenient as possible, through the following:
● Fostering Innovation: Outreach to top universities for entrepreneurship, synthetic and plant biology, and tissue engineering—to create private and public sector activity focused on advancing plant-based and clean products.
● Supporting Innovation: Working with the most transformational plant-based and clean companies on communications, regulatory work, business plans, venture capital support, and all aspects of their success—to mobilize markets and food technology for maximum transformation from animal-based products.
● Corporate Engagement: Creating collaborative relationships with restaurants, grocery stores, and foodservice companies to maximize the quality, quantity, and promotion of plant-based alternatives.
● Institutional Engagement: Educating large grant-making institutions, corporations, and governments about the value of R&D in these fields as a critical component in addressing sustainability, climate change, global health, and global hunger—to divert tens of millions of dollars in government and foundation grant money toward plant-based and clean alternatives to meat, dairy, and eggs.