This report from US thinktank The Breakthrough Institute lays out the economic and environmental case for expanding federal support for alternative protein research and industry expansion. COVID-19 is not only impacting the meat processing industry - many alternative protein startups are also closed or threatened by declines in investment funding. The report estimates that the alternative protein industry could generate over 200,000 US jobs in the long-term, but only if the government provides support to the nascent industry to ensure it does not collapse because of COVID-19. Support might include small business innovation programmes, loan guarantees, and research and development programmes.
Read more here and download the full report, Federal Support for Alternative Protein for Economic Recovery and Climate Mitigation, here (PDF link). See also the Foodsource resource Which diets generate fewer GHG emissions and other environmental impacts? and read other COVID-19 content in the FCRN’s research library here.