Good Food Institute Awards $4M to Scientists Forging the Future of Alt-Meat
by Catherine Lamb, The Spoon
March 23, 2020
The Good Food Institute (GFI), a nonprofit trying to promote the evolution of alternative protein, announced today that it had awarded $4 million to 21 research projects to advance the study of plant-based and cultured meat. The money came from GFI’s donor-supported Competitive Research Grant Program, which thus far has donated over $7 million since it was founded last year.
The selected projects hail from nine different countries. Eight are tackling cultured (which GFI called ‘cultivated‘) meat and Here’s a quick list of some of the cool projects the 2020 grantees are leading:
Faster, cheaper cultured meat production. Dr. Marianne
Ellis of the University of Bath, UK is developing a smaller, more
cost-efficient production system for cell-based meat. She hopes that this will
make cellular agriculture more accessible, including for those in remote
locations and developing countries.
Turning waste into plant protein. Dr. Marieke Bruins of
Wageningen University in the Netherlands is using plant-based proteins upcycled
from agricultural waste streams to make super sustainable meat alternatives.
· 3D printed cultured meat. Dr. Sara Oliveira of INL in Portugal is working on a bioprinted model for cultured meat design. Called M3atD, the model will help her team explore how 3D printing can help accelerate cell-based meat production.
You can see the full list of grantees from 2020 and 2019 here, if you’re interested. But overall, it seems that the most recent crop of grantees are trying to improve four key areas...
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