Sourcing Concerns Hit on Two-thirds of ESG

In the past month, influential figures in alt. meat production devoted their attention to sourcing decisions — particularly the environmental impact of such choices. Climate policy negotiations (COP26) held in Glasgow, Scotland, served as a uniting factor for these topics.

  • The Good Food Institute asserted: “It’s impossible to meet the Paris Agreement without shifting away from conventional animal agriculture.”
  • However, investors and researchers raised concerns that alternative protein makers lack the governance to demonstrate claims of a lower carbon footprint. In The New York Times, UC Berkeley researcher Ricardo San Martin called the industry “a black box.”

Additionally, foodservice outlets garnered attention for product tests: Burger King piloted Impossible Nuggets mid-October, and McDonald’s tested its McPlant offering (from Beyond Meat) beginning on Nov. 3. Meanwhile, conversations around investment and food trends fell relative to the previous month.

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