Scientists estimate that approximately 13.5% of climate change is attributable to the meat industry. Raising animals for food has an enormous impact on the planet, resulting in massive carbon emissions, air and water pollution, land degradation and loss of biodiversity. Forests, which absorb greenhouse gasses, are cut down for animal pasture and to grow crops to feed them, further contributing to the climate crisis.
Eliminating meat from our diet is one of the most impactful actions each of us can take to reduce our carbon footprints. It is also a safer way to eat: about 80 percent of antibiotics produced in the U.S. are given to farm animals, contributing to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and superbugs that cannot be killed by standard antibiotics.
Understanding that we need to eat differently and find a more efficient food system for 9 billion people by 2050, GFI supports the innovators, investors, and companies focused on clean meat and plant-based alternatives to animal products.
Clean meat is created by growing meat outside of an animal from a small cell sample, eliminating the need for factory farming and slaughter. The result is 100-percent real meat, but without the antibiotic residues and bacterial contamination in conventional meat production. The process is efficient, reducing land and water costs and slashing greenhouse gas emissions.
There is also innovation underway in the world of plant-based foods. Food scientists are examining animal products at the molecular level and sourcing plants with matching proteins and nutrients to create plant-based meats, eggs, and dairy products that are healthier and more sustainable than conventional animal products. 92% of plants have not yet been explored in terms of meat possibilities, leaving vast space for innovation.
GFI is helping to change the way we eat and consequently how we impact the planet.
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