Day one set the stage in a big way: The USDA announced a new Science and Research Strategy focused on ramping up agricultural research and emphasizing new biotechnologies and protein sources like plant-based, cultivated, and fermentation-enabled proteins. This strategy paves the way for more innovative breakthroughs for alternative proteins over the next four years and beyond.
During the summit, GFI also worked with the UN Foundation, FAIRR, Climate Advisers, and ClimateWorks Foundation to organize a private Climate and Alternative Protein Dialogue dinner. The packed table of 34 participants, including representatives of multilateral institutions, think tanks, and governments leading the way in alternative protein innovation, engaged in a spirited discussion about governments around the world investing in alternative protein science and innovation.
GFI also played a role in curating an interactive exhibit dedicated to alternative proteins alongside Aleph Farms and the FAIRR Initiative. We showcased plant-based meatballs from Impossible Foods and offered a firsthand experience of the diverse and delicious options made possible by alternative proteins. Our engagement in various sessions, the fruitful discussions at the private dinner, and the captivating exhibit all contributed to advancing the conversation on alternative proteins as a crucial climate solution.