The gold rush to alternative proteins


Paris - April 2022

🤔 If you have ever tried to evaluate your personal carbon footprint, you were probably struck by the weight of your meat consumption. It is no longer a secret that animal husbandry has a heavy environmental impact: according to the FAO, livestock contribute to 15% of total greenhouse gas emissions.

🐮 Most of the emissions are linked to deforestation: 26% of the planet’s ice-free land is used for livestock grazing and 33% of croplands are used for livestock feed production. Meanwhile, the need for protein and the demand for animal products are increasing. Meat production went from 70 million tons in 1961 to 330 million tons in 2018 and could reach 524 million tons in 2080. Meeting this demand is a major challenge of our current and future generations.

🤖 Looking at the issue from a VC perspective, we believe that technologywill be one of the key drivers of success in the protein transition. According to GFI, $11,1 billion has been invested in alternative protein companies since 2010, 73% of which was raised since 2020. So which technologies are we talking about, which kind of products can we expect in our plates in the coming years, and why did we decide to bet on the sector?

🤩 Deep dive with Capagro in the fascinating world of alternative proteins with our first article on insects, plant-based, fermentation (biomass & fermentation), cellular agriculture and plant molecular farming …


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