Study Finds Sustainable Protein Research Still Only Receives “Crumbs Off the EU’s Table”

A Stanford University study revealed that government funding decisions significantly overlook the climate mitigation potential of alternative proteins.

Published in the journal One Earth, it found public funding for research into plant-based, fermentation-made and cultivated meat amounted to €39 million, just 0.1% of the €41 billion spent on meat and dairy. This was also true for research and innovation spending, where 97% went to increasing yields on conventional animal farms.

Although European investment in alternative proteins has increased in recent years, this study shows the sector is still only given “crumbs off the EU’s table”.