It might get less attention than some of the latest plant-based and cultivated meat innovations – but its flexibility, low production costs and the sheer simplicity of its inputs mean fermentation could soon be feeding millions of people.
There is one sector that was completely absent from high level discussions, despite causing 21% of global emissions: animal agriculture.
The UK government has invested £1 million to develop and commercialise stem cell lines, helping companies produce cultivated meat.
Nearly half of European consumers who want to eat less meat by switching to plant-based products think not enough options are available.
GFI Europe calls on governments to direct at least 10% of the agricultural innovation funding announced at COP26 today towards changing meat production.
The Good Food Institute has welcomed a deforestation pledge – but is calling for some of the promised forest protection fund to be invested in sustainable food.
GFI will be on the ground in Glasgow, encouraging national governments to include sustainable proteins – making meat from plants and cultivating it from cells – into their national plans.
A new way of thinking about how we feed our growing population is sweeping the planet – and the UK risks losing its chance to carve out a leadership role in this rapidly growing area.