41%

CAGR

The cultured meat market is expected to grow by 41% CAGR, 2025 - 2040

84%

Less Water

is needed to produce 1 kg of cultured meat compared to 1kg of conventional meat

78.6%

Fewer Emissions

Producing cultured meat emits 3 kg of CO2 emissions, while producing 1 kg of conventional meat emits 14 kg. That’s 78.6% fewer carbon emissions.

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The Path to Drawdown: Plant-based Diet

The meat-centric diet in the West is responsible for one-fifth of global emissions. Land clearing, fertilizer use, and methane from burping cattle take an enormous toll on the environment and the climate.

Transitioning to a diet rich in plants is a healthier demand-side solution that reduces emissions. If the world adopted a vegan diet, business-as-usual emissions could be reduced by as much as 70%, and a vegetarian diet could reduce emissions by 63%. On top of this, adopting a plant-based diet could help save $1 trillion in annual health-care costs and lost productivity.

Global dietary preferences based on meat, fish and dairy products are deeply ingrained in Western cultures. Lower-income countries will also likely adopt animal-based diets as they develop. Bringing about dietary change requires plant-based options that are widely available, visible, and enticing, including high-quality meat substitutes.

Project Drawdown estimates that, if 75% of the world adopts a plant-rich diet by 2050, this dietary change can reduce GHG emissions by up to 91.72 gigatons: 68.32 gigatons from diverted agricultural production, 23.16 gigatons from avoided land conversion, and 0.24 gigatons from sequestration from ecosystem protection.

What We Want to See Improve

Achieve Commercialization

MeaTech is still in the phase of developing their 3D meat printing technology and hasn’t yet reached commercialization. We are eager to see them scale to the point of selling their technology.

Report GHG Emissions

As a very young company, MeaTech hasn’t yet issued a sustainability report. In the future, we would like to see them publish an annual sustainability report with key sustainability metrics, particularly their direct and indirect GHG emissions.

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0.49%

Oatly Group AB (OTLY)

Oatley makes alternatives to dairy products from oats like milk, frozen desserts, and yogurt. Plant-based food can greatly cut emissions from agriculture

0.40%

Beyond Meat (BYND)

Beyond Meat makes burgers, sausages, beef, and meatballs from plant-based sources. Plant-based diet can massively cut emissions from agriculture

0.28%

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (HAIN)

HAIN sells meat alternative and plant-based food made from soy, rice, oats, almonds and coconut. Plant-based food is a key Drawdown solution

0.05%

SunOpta Inc. (STKL)

SunOpta makes plant-based and fruit-based food and beverage products. Plant-based diet can cut emissions from agriculture

0.02%

Burcon NutraScience Corp. (BRCN)

BRCN makes plant proteins and ingredients that go into food and beverage products. Plant-based food can massively cut emissions from agriculture

0.02%

Laird Superfood, Inc. (LSF)

Laird Superfood makes plant-based and functional foods for optimal well-being and high-performance. Plant-based diet is a key Drawdown solution

0.02%

MeaTech 3D Ltd. (MITC)

MeaTech makes lab-grown meat that’s 3D printed using stem cells. Their process doesn’t harm animals. Meat-free diet can massively cut agriculture emissions

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