Imagining the Future of Alternative Proteins
Jun 16, 2020 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)
The alternative proteins industry is in the midst of rapid development. In the first couple months of 2020, a whopping $930 million was invested in alternative proteins, topping record-setting 2019 totals. In the short term, as highlighted by BTI’s federal policy paper, the pandemic and economic downturn have shuttered food service outlets, restricted alternative protein R&D, and induced potential losses in private sector funding and production slow downs. But it could be argued that other areas of our food system have seen greater challenges and outbreaks amid the pandemic. As consumers show more enthusiasm for alternative meats and companies reach milestones like building the first pilot production facilities for cell-based meat, how will the pandemic have impacted the future of alternative meats?
Has the pandemic’s negative impact on the sector hampered the industry’s rapid development? What is the likely trajectory of alternative proteins? Will the public sector play a role? What alternative protein technologies or trends are the most exciting or promising? What gaps remain in answering these questions?
In this webinar, we'll hear from Purdue University food and agriculture economist, Jayson Lusk, the Good Food Institute’s Director of Corporate Engagement, Alison Rabschnuk, Breakthrough Institute food and agriculture analyst, Saloni Shah, and Forbes food and agriculture writer, Jenny Splitter.