The Good Food Institute Announces $3 Million in Grants to Vegan and Clean Meat Startups

According to Forbes, The Good Food Institute announced a $3 million grant program to assist startups and universities that are working on vegan and clean meat research.

GFI estimates that only about 0.3 percent of universities worldwide are doing work in this field, but it’s expected that many startups will apply for the grant program.

GFI’s scientific foundations liaison, Erin Rees Clayton, explained that the program has “more of an open-source model, with the goal of creating new technologies and ingredients that can be used by all.

A key area of study for plant-based meats is isolating the protein in a greater variety of plants to create vegan foods. Rees Clayton told Forbes:
We see a lot of products with protein that comes from wheat or soy, and some from peas, but there’s a wide variety of other crops that still could be explored and that could lead to new tastes and textures.
As for clean meat, a primary focus will be scaling up production, as this has been difficult for many companies.

Investing in protein that doesn’t involve factory farming and slaughterhouses is wise considering the public, increasingly concerned about the treatment of animals raised for food, is ditching animal products in droves. In fact, the research firm Global Data recently reported that there were six times as many vegans in America in 2017 than in 2014, and Allied Market Research predicts that the meat substitute market will grow 8.4 percent from 2015, potentially reaching $5.2 billion globally by 2020.

What’s more, a survey of 1,000 consumers found a growing shift toward a vegan diet, with 90 percent of vegetarians claiming they wanted to go vegan. And a new report from leading market research and consulting firm Coherent Market Insights predicts that the global vegan meat market will surpass $6.5 billion by 2026.

More people enjoying vegan food is great news for the billions of animals who suffer horribly at factory farms. Cows, pigs, and chickens raised and killed for food are subjected to unthinkable cruelties: tiny, filthy cages; burns and amputations; and merciless slaughter.

Thankfully, with more and more delicious vegan products hitting the market, there’s truly never been a better time to switch to a compassionate vegan lifestyle.

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