Good Food Institute: free Plant-based and cultivated meat online course

Good Food Institute

If you’re interested in food and are looking for learning opportunities to help transition into a green job, why not sign up for the Good Food Institute’s free Plant-based and cultivated meat online course. The course explores:

Module 1: Why do we need plant-based and cultivated meat?

In the first module, you’ll learn about the sustainability challenges associated with conventional meat production and the history of plant-based meat. We’ll also cover the state of the plant-based, fermentation, and cultivated meat industries today.

Module 2: What is meat?

In module two, we’ll cover the composition of meat, the protein contents of commonly eaten foods, human protein requirements, and digestion. We’ll also look at current consumer trends in plant-based and conventional meat consumption.

Module 3: What is plant-based meat?

Module three starts with a review of global meat consumption trends and then dives into the science of plant-based meat production. You’ll learn about ingredient sourcing, protein isolation and functionalization, formulation, and manufacturing methods.

Module 4: What is cultivated meat?

Module four begins with a review of the benefits offered by cultivated meat and then dives deep into the science of cultivated meat production. The lecture covers cell line development, cell culture media, scaffolding, bioreactors, scale up, and key bottlenecks to the advancement of the industry.

Module 5: Investment and funding for plant-based and cultivated meat

In the final module, you’ll learn about investments in alternative proteins, the current competitive landscape, white space opportunities, and the pressing need for additional research funding.

More generally, if you’re looking for mindful jobs in the food sector, a great place to look is Good Food Jobs: “Good Food Jobs is a gastro-job search tool, designed to link people looking for meaningful food work with the businesses that need their energy, enthusiasm, and intellect. We post opportunities with farmers and food artisans, policy makers and purveyors, retailers and restaurateurs, economists, ecologists, and more.”

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