Policies for a sustainable protein future

Plant-based and cultivated meat offer solutions to major national and global challenges.

As an NGO working towards a better food system, GFI Europe supports evidence-based policy and public research funding for these sustainable proteins.

Sustainable protein policy in Europe

Policy initiatives

The Good Food Institute Europe’s policy team focuses on three key areas to maximise the societal benefits of plant-based and cultivated meat.

Scientist researching plant-based meat

Public sector investment in open-access research will maximise the societal benefits of sustainable proteins. Learn how GFI Europe secures public funding for research and development.

Political meeting

A clear regulatory path to market is crucial for consumer confidence in sustainable proteins. Learn how GFI Europe supports evidence-based regulation.

Woman shopping

Clear labelling helps consumers to make informed and sustainable food choices. Learn how GFI Europe protects plain language for sustainable proteins.

Addressing Europe’s biggest challenges

Public R&D funding and supportive policies will ensure that sustainable proteins are affordable and accessible for all, helping to reduce the environmental impact of Europe’s food system, improve public health, and feed more people with fewer resources.

Meeting health and sustainability goals

Governments can’t meet their Paris climate agreement targets without building a more sustainable food system. Plant-based and cultivated meat address some of the major systemic causes of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.

Sustainable proteins are made in clean environments without exposure to faecal pathogens, and no antibiotics are needed – so these foods help to preserve life-saving antibiotics for human medicine. Their production eliminates zoonotic disease risks, helping tackle the leading causes of pandemics.

Transforming meat production will help governments to achieve their health and sustainability ambitions without relying on individual diet change.

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Driving a strong economy

Countries like Singapore and Israel are attracting major investment by providing supportive environments for plant-based and cultivated meat companies. Europe has the scientific expertise and business leadership to become a world-leader in this field, but risks being left behind without public investment in R&D.

Just as they fund renewable energy development, the EU and national governments must support open-access research into sustainable proteins to maximise their societal benefits and create highly skilled jobs.

Creating choices for consumers

Today’s food system can’t keep up with growing global demand for meat. Plant-based and cultivated meat expand the options available to consumers and deliver the foods people enjoy today – but produced in better ways.

We support evidence-based regulation so that more foods come to market safely and properly labelled.

Resources for policymakers

Mosa Meat cultivated meatball

Techno-economic assessment of cultivated meat

Study of the cost of producing cultivated meat at scale, conducted by independent researchers CE Delft.

Mosa Meat cultivated beef burger

Lifecycle assessment of cultivated meat

Study of the environmental impact – including carbon footprint, land use, water use and energy use – of cultivated meat, conducted by independent researchers CE Delft.

Blue Nalu cultured fish

Cultivated meat policy recommendations

How policymakers can maximise the societal benefits of cultivated meat in relation to climate change, antibiotic resistance and other areas of human, animal and planetary health.

Our submissions to policymakers

GFI Europe makes public submissions to policymakers to share our expertise on sustainable protein policy.


GFI Europe works with allied organisations across the continent, including:

Latest policy news

Sustainable protein innovation priorities

Infrastructure investment vital for plant-based and cultivated meat industries, according to new research

A study of Europe’s plant-based and cultivated meat industries has found infrastructure investment is required to help the sector expand.

Denmark Parliament supports plant-based investment

Denmark announces 1 billion kroner for plant-based foods in historic climate agreement

The Danish government has announced over 1.25 billion kroner (€168 million) to advance plant-based foods, as part of an unprecedented climate agreement.

UK Parliament

Social Market Foundation report calls for UK government investment in sustainable proteins

The Good Food Institute Europe responds to a new report calling on the UK Government to invest in sustainable proteins to meet its climate targets.

Beyond Meat plant-based meatballs

National Food Strategy calls for £125 million investment in sustainable proteins

The National Food Strategy has called on the UK government to invest £125 million in sustainable protein startups and a new commercial “cluster” for the sector.

Scientist researching plant-based meat

Horizon Europe announces €32 million for sustainable proteins

Horizon Europe has announced €32 million in funding, in its biggest-ever package of support covering plant-based, cultivated meat and fermentation.

Amendment 171 could ban vegan cheese from being described as creamy

EU drops plans for unprecedented restrictions on plant-based dairy

EU leaders have dropped Amendment 171 plans to impose new restrictions on plant-based dairy products, which could have banned them from displaying allergen information, being sold in cartons and using…

Amendment 171 could ban oat milk from being sold in cartons

Unprecedented restrictions on plant-based dairy threaten EU sustainability plans, environmentalists warn

A coalition of 21 environmental, consumer and animal welfare groups has called on the European Commission and EU member states to reject Amendment 171 – an “unprecedented” ban on plant-based…

Eat Just GOOD Meat cultured chicken

World’s first regulatory approval for cultivated meat begins ‘new space race for the future of food’

The Singapore Food Agency has announced that cultivated chicken produced by Eat Just, a company that applies cutting-edge science and technology to create healthier, more sustainable foods, has been approved…