Love #bacon but not jazzed about how it's made, especially after all the news of slaughterhouse workers getting sick, shuttering the facilities, and gassing or overheating pigs to "depopulate" them as a result?

Good news: the future of bacon is on its way. 2 examples below.
First, a new entrant to the #plantbased #bacon scene: @EatHoorayFoods will be launching soon in retail. This product category desperately needed new plant-based #innovation — thrilled to see this launch.…
Second, #cultivatedmeat startup @MissionBarns just posted this photo of their #bacon prototype, grown directly from animal cells rather than obtained from animal slaughter.

The #futureoffood can't come soon enough. Image

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May 6
Feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude for my team @GoodFoodInst. We're pulling together our first State of the Science snapshot (to be published every 4mo) in alt proteins & my eyes are welling up at how fast this field is starting to move. This wasn't guaranteed to happen.
Everyone on our Science & Technology team, down to a person, is relentlessly driven to find the highest-impact ways of accelerating the alternative protein field through generating open-access knowledge, mobilizing research funding, and building the talent & training ecosystem.
We're incredibly lucky to work at the nexus of so many of the strands that are coming together here: industry, science, policy, and the public, among so many other stakeholder groups. The folks on our team thrive in this big-picture context, and they are masters of their trade.
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Feb 24
This strain "... is closely related to an Asian strain that has infected hundreds of people since 2003, mostly those who had worked with infected poultry. That virus does not spread efficiently among humans, but it is extremely deadly, with a fatality rate of 60 percent..."
"For a growing number of scientists, the real threat is the nation’s industrialized system of meat and dairy production, with its reliance on genetically identical creatures packed by the thousands inside huge confinement sheds."
"More than half the 22 strains of novel influenza virus identified as 'of special concern' to human health are avian influenza... A 2018 study examining the emergence of 39 highly pathogenic avian viruses found that all but two of them had emerged on industrial poultry farms."
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Jan 24
*New analysis!* “Plant-based meat: Anticipating 2030 production requirements” examines raw materials, processing capacity, infrastructure, & investment required for #plantbasedmeat to hit 6% share of the global meat market by 2030. Insights + report/webinar links below. 1/19
Several market analyses have made bold predictions about the growth of the #alternativeprotein industry, but we wanted to dig deeper to find out what would be required on the supply side to hit these ambitious growth targets. @goodfoodinst’s new analysis is eye-opening. 2/19
Even at only 6% market penetration, we’re talking about an enormous amount of product. FAO estimates for global meat demand in 2030 are nearly 400 million metric tons, so 6% of that is approximately 25 MMT. The industry needs to scale fast to meet this. 3/19
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Jan 4
Two HUGE nationwide fast food launches of plant-based meat announced this week at major chains, including a big reversal from one CEO.

1) KFC rolling out Beyond Meat plant-based chicken options nationwide next Monday, after first trialing them in 2019.…
2) Chipotle launched a plant-based chorizo option nationwide earlier this week—its first new meatless protein option since adding tofu-based sofritas in 2014.…
Back in 2019, Chipotle's CEO had expressed skepticism ("I’m not sure plant-based foods that look and taste like meat are a long-term trend"), and he criticized some companies for what he perceived as highly processed products.…
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Dec 21, 2021
We have TWO full-time openings on my team at @GoodFoodInst, both working to mobilize research funding toward the highest-impact areas to advance alternative proteins. (1/4)
#1: A program manager to run our ~$5M/year Research Grant Program. With a grantee community 70+ researchers strong, this program has a catalytic impact on the field. Looking for someone w/ grant program management experience to take it to the next level.…
#2: A PhD scientist w/ science policy experience to serve as our primary liaison w/ govt research funding agencies, program officers, etc. to persuade & support these entities to fund more alt protein research.
A @AAAS_STPF Fellow would be a great fit!…
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Oct 19, 2021
Today's must-read article, with some selected (highly alarming) quotes and my 2 cents below on why we can't afford NOT to invest in alternative protein R&D and infrastructure:…
"Eight or more variants of avian flu, all of which are able to infect and kill humans and are potentially more severe than Covid-19, now regularly rattle around the world’s factory farms barely noticed by governments."
"Earlier this month, China’s CDC identified several mutations in two recent H5N6 cases. The spread of H5N6 is now a 'serious threat' to the poultry industry & human health, said Gao Fu, CDC director, & Shi Weifeng, dean of public health at Shandong First Medical Univ."
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