The climate impact of meat is enormous – roughly equivalent to all the driving and flying of every car, truck and plane in the world!
So it’s not a surprise that the alternative meat sector is growing at a phenomenal pace.
You have probably heard of Impossible Foods and maybe even tried Beyond Meat in a vegan burger at one of the Honest Burger restaurants in the UK – it’s incredible how much it really tastes like real meat!
Here are a few other startups to watch:
- This French startup is planning to create the world’s largest insect farm. They’ve raised over $500m in the last two years to make this happen
- Europe’s food standards agency, EFSA, authorised mealworms for human consumption in January which helped to accelerate commercial traction.
- This Israeli company is using 3D printing technology to produce animal-free meat with the appearance, texture and flavor of whole muscle meat.
- In 2013 they’ve created the world’s first cultured meat hamburger. It was harvested directly from cow cells, rather than raising and slaughtering a whole animal. It cost €250,000 to make. The effort was funded by Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google.
- In the past few years they’ve made significant scientific breakthroughs, and brought the price down considerably.
- Israeli food-tech company is using raw unprocessed plant ingredients to produce the same taste and texture products such as minced beef, chicken, fish, eggs or dairy directly from plants – using an un-intrusive process and keeping the plant’s taste and rich nutrition values unharmed.
- This Spanish startup claims their products are Spain’s most-sold alternative meat products. They’ve just announced (June 2021) a €16m funding round
- They use fewer ingredients than most similar products on the market (just 12) and 85% less saturated fat – they’ve developed a method for making olive oil into a solid, improving the nutritional value of its products.