Alternative Proteins

Plant and/or cell-based meats (beef, chicken, and fish) are commercially available at a price point that can compete with other proteins and with equal or better nutritional content, taste and texture.
Insects, seaweed and algae are genetic modified to make them more appealing sources of protein.

Taken a step further: a home kit for producing cell/plant/insect-based proteins.

Our approach at Solar Foods is to disconnect food production from agriculture. We still beleive it is one of the must-win-battles in order to produce sustainable proteins for 10 billion.

Anybody who’s curious should check out their website, it’s very interesting!

We also discussed decoupling land from food production in the Future of Forests Community. You can find the breakthroughs that emerged from this idea, such as “Super Farming” and “X-Meat”, on the Impact Roadmap website.

Other ideas we considered at the time:

  • Affordable shade-grown agriculture, similar to shade-grown coffee, to replace deforestation-causing agriculture.
  • Floating cattle farms to reduce deforestation-causing cattle-ranching, and where the cattle waste is used as fish feed.
  • Concentrated animal feeding operations technology to humanely ranch cattle with reduced carbon and land footprint.
  • Lab grown palm oil by using fermentation to reduce the environmental impact of palm oil production.
  • Self-sufficient and sustainable communities or villages where food (vertical farms and traditional orchards), water (houses filter rainwater), energy (renewable) and waste (food waste turned to fish feed) are managed through artificial intelligence.

Here’s an interesting reads:

Thank you all for joining this discussion!

We are going to use this as a starting point for XPRIZE’s next Prize Design: Feeding the Next Billion. We’d appreciate your recommendations and advise there to design a prize competition that will increase access to nutritious protein alternatives that minimize agricultural land use.