Insights

From research papers to the latest from financial institutions and universities to think tank presentations, the list of outstanding thought pieces keeps expanding. We’ve compiled some of our favorites for those interested in learning more about alternative proteins, their place in the global food supply chain, and the potential impact on the world-wide economy.

So grab a cup of (shade-grown, bird-friendly, fair-trade, ethically produced) coffee and stay a while — here you can learn more about plant-based proteins and the entrepreneurs dedicated to launching sustainable food businesses. 

Alternative Proteins

Finding an intersection between environmental impact, human health, and animal stewardship, alternative proteins and plant-based substitutes for meat, seafood, and dairy are having a major impact on a shifting dietary revolution. 

Plant-based Foods

At the center of the food industry transformation are plant-based foods which have gone from tofu and tempeh to include a wide array of 20,000 species of edible plants grown around the world. Plant-based meat products saw 75% growth in 2020 alone with 57% of all US households purchasing plant-based products.

Foods for Fermentation

Beyond the traditional fermentation used in familiar foods, like yogurt and sauerkraut, biomass or microbial fermentation is constructing the next level of alternative and complementary food products singularly and in conjunction with other alternative protein products. Using synthetic biology, or precision fermentation, microorganisms are able to produce substances that mimic elements produced by animals, such as cheese and even human breast milk.

Cultivated Foods

A quickly expanding industry is taking shape in the food sector using cellular agriculture and cell-based technology. Safely harvested cells from plants, animals, and fish are being cultivated to produce food that is healthy and sustainable and could provide answers to the challenges of feeding the world’s growing population.

Nature journal
Report
02/14/2024

Critical transitions in the Amazon forest system

Nature (1)
Report
01/24/2024

Rapid groundwater decline and some cases of recovery in aquifers globally

Science Direct
Report
01/23/2024

Exposure of U.S. adults to microplastics from commonly-consumed proteins

UN Food and Agriculture Organization
Report
12/31/2023

The State of Food and Agriculture 2023

Nature Food
Report
12/19/2023

The state of food systems worldwide in the countdown to 2030

PLOS One
Report
12/13/2023

Carbon opportunity cost increases carbon footprint of grain-finished beef

UN environment programme
Report
12/08/2023

What’s Cooking? An assessment of potential impacts of selected novel alternatives to conventional animal products

University of Exeter's Global Systems Institute
Report
12/06/2023

Global Tipping Points

Cellular Agriculture Society
Book
12/05/2023

Modern Meat

UN Environment Programme
Report
11/20/2023

Broken Record: Temperatures hit new highs, yet world fails to cut emissions (again)

Planet Tracker
Report
11/16/2023

Nitrogen fertiliser production outstrips global needs and exceeds planetary boundaries by factor of two

Nature Communications
Report
10/06/2023

The global and regional air quality impacts of dietary change

International Energy Agency
Report
10/05/2023

The Imperative of Cutting Methane from Fossil Fuels

Nature Communications
Report
09/12/2023

Feeding climate and biodiversity goals with novel plant-based meat and milk alternatives

Report
07/10/2023

Securing a just transition to healthy, environmentally sustainable diets for all

Nature
Report
06/22/2023

Earlier collapse of Anthropocene ecosystems driven by multiple faster and noisier drivers

Report
05/11/2023

Mitigating Risk and Capturing Opportunity: The Future of Alternative Proteins

Report
04/27/2023

Reducing Methane Emissions in the Global Food System

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Report
03/15/2023

Synthesis Report of the Sixth Assessment Report

text: Good Food Institute
Report
02/15/2023

2022 State of the Industry: Plant-Based

Report
10/04/2021

Journey to a More Sustainable Food System

Report
09/04/2021

Rethinking Climate Change

Report
08/14/2021

State of the Industry Report: Plant-Based Meat, Eggs and Dairy

Report
05/14/2021

An Ocean of Opportunity

Report
03/14/2021

Plant Forward Opportunity 2021

Report
02/14/2021

AR6 Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis

Report
07/14/2020

State of the Industry Report: Cultivated Meat

Report
09/17/2019

The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health feeding a future population of 10 billion

Report
09/17/2019

Growing the Good Report, The Case for Low-Carbon Transition in the Food Sector

Report
09/17/2019

Food System Impacts on Biodiversity Loss

Report
09/17/2019

The Great Protein Shake-Up?

Report
06/14/2019

State of the Industry Report: Fermentation

Report
11/29/2006

Livestock’s Long Shadow