Top-rated charity

Good Food Institute

Good Food Institute

The Good Food Institute (GFI) is an international nonprofit working to improve the food system by developing and promoting plant- and cell-based alternatives to animal products.

What does the Good Food Institute do?

GFI’s mission is to “[develop] the roadmap for a sustainable, secure, and just protein supply.” The organisation works to “identify the most effective solutions, mobilize resources and talent, and empower partners across the food system to make alternative proteins accessible, affordable, and delicious.” GFI believes that “with plant-based meat, cultivated meat, and fermentation, we can mitigate the environmental impact of our food system, decrease the risk of zoonotic disease, and ultimately feed more people with fewer resources.”

To that end, GFI:

  • Conducts and advances scientific, open-access research in food technology and plant- and cell-based alternatives to animal products like meat and dairy.
  • Engages in policy work focused on procuring public (government) fundingfor alternative protein research and advocating for the fair regulation and labelling of alternative proteins.
  • Partners with companies and investors to grow the plant- and cell-based food industry by employing a variety of acceleration strategies. These include finding particularly impactful business opportunities for industry advancement, supporting startups, conducting and sharing market and technical research, and facilitating industry collaboration.

Fast facts

  • Animal Charity Evaluators listed GFI as a top charity from 2016 (when GFI was founded) until 2020, and it is now a top charity again in 2022.
  • Open Philanthropy believes the acceleration of cost-competitive protein alternatives is an animal welfare avenue that is worth pursuing.
  • Open Philanthropy has awarded several grants to GFI, including $10 million in 2021 and $4 million in 2019, and stated in 2021 that its Farm Animal Welfare Team “has been particularly impressed with GFI’s public policy work relating to plant-based products.”
  • GFI believes that — in addition to reducing animal suffering — transforming the food system would help reduce the risk of disease, feed more people, and positively impact the climate.

Why is the Good Food Institute one of our top-rated charities?

Good Food Institute meets our criteria to be top-rated because one of our trusted evaluators, Animal Charity Evaluators, has conducted an extensive evaluation highlighting its cost-effectiveness.

They found that:

  • GFI is highly cost-effective.
  • As of November 2022, GFI has room for $5,000,000 USD in additional funding to cover their projected expenses in 2023 and 2024.

For more information on the Good Food Institute, we recommend reading Animal Charity Evaluators' detailed review.

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