The Smart Protein Summit 2020 is curated and convened by The Good Food Institute India
The Covid-19 pandemic has proved that we can’t go on with business as usual. Zoonotic disease, antimicrobial resistance, climate change, food insecurity - these are the inevitable consequences of the old normal. As we navigate the next decade and beyond, we need a more healthy, sustainable, and just food system. We need a Mission for Smart Protein.
All over the world, innovators are producing the future of protein - delicious, nutritious meat, eggs, and dairy, made from plants, cells, and microorganisms. But the story of the smart protein sector in the developing world is still being written. As we build the future of food from the ground up in markets like India, we have the opportunity to harness their unique strengths and tackle their unique challenges.
To work side by side with disadvantaged groups and communities like farmers and the malnourished. In one stroke, we could invest in the industries of the future, stave off climate change, and safeguard our food security and public health for generations.
As we navigate the next decade and beyond, we need a more healthy, sustainable, and just food system - one free from the threats of zoonotic disease, antimicrobial resistance, climate change, and food insecurity. We need to adapt to tectonic shifts in protein technology, supply, and demand, and nurture sunrise industries. Innovators all over the world are already producing the future of protein - delicious, nutritious meat, eggs, and dairy, made from plants, cells, and microorganisms. These foods have all the sensory and cultural resonance of their animal-derived counterparts, but use vastly less land, water, and energy, have vastly lower greenhouse gas emissions, and create vastly less risk to public health.
In India and in other parts of the developing world, the story of the smart protein sector is still being written. And as we grapple with the effects of Covid-19, it’s clear that we can’t afford to settle for anything less than a paradigm shift.
At the Smart Protein Summit, we’re going to articulate our vision for the protein supply of the next decade - one which stewards planetary health, tackles malnutrition, benefits farmers and creates jobs for millions. We’re calling this vision the Mission for Smart Protein, and we invite YOU to design the future with us.
Creating robust R&D, strengthening value chains, and stimulating smart protein entrepreneurship for Indian crops such as pulses, millets, chickpeas to be viable raw materials for plant-based foods. The benefits to biodiversity, farmers’ welfare, and food innovation are immense.
Setting up research, incubation, and commercialization centres in key universities and industry clusters, focused on building talent pools, investigating key research areas, facilitating technology transfer to the market, and nurturing the next generation of Smart Protein Innovators.
Stewarding the health and vitality of our oceans and establishing India as a global epicentre by fostering R&D, commerce, and trade in alternative seafood products and ingredients - a particularly neglected and complex opportunity area within the global alternative protein landscape.
Leveraging and advancing manufacturing expertise in biopharma, industrial fermentation, 3-D printing and other areas to build essential infrastructure for scaling up alternative protein. Establishing India’s position as a supply-chain powerhouse for the next decade, thereby creating jobs and value addition for millions.
Deepening and leveraging bilateral relationships with markets which have strategic advantages complementary to India’s, such as Israel, Singapore, the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands - a major opportunity to boost trade and technology transfer, with a focus on driving down the cost and increasing the quality of products in the smart protein sector.
You’ll hear from industry-leading corporations, trailblazing startups, influential think tanks, major policy and government groups, and other iconic leaders in the smart protein sector about each of these pillars of the new food system.
So mark your calendars and save the date, for the chance to network and collaborate with innovators from across the world!