FOODSHOT #2: PRECISION PROTEIN
THIS FOODSHOT IMAGINES A PRECISION PROTEIN SYSTEM IN WHICH SCIENCE,
TECHNOLOGY, INVESTMENT AND INNOVATION ARE FOCUSED ON DELIVERING
THE MAXIMUM BENEFITS TO HUMAN AND PLANETARY HEALTH WHILE
MINIMIZING ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE AND REDUCING RESOURCE INPUTS.

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We invite entrepreneurs, researchers, and advocates to submit their business, research, or policy proposals for funding consideration.
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Submissions will be reviewed by experts who will provide issue-specific insights and vet applications for bold- ness, viability, and impact.
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Best-in-class candidates will be selected to receive equity and debt financing for their businesses.
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A cash prize will be awarded to Protein GroundBreakers — rising stars working in research, early stage entrepreneurship, or advocacy.


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WHY PRECISION PROTEIN?
The ultimate objective of a successful and sustainable food system is to provide quality nutrition to all members of society. The climate crisis, coupled with a growing population, urbanization, and unsustainable consumption patterns, will complicate efforts to achieve this objective. In order to provide sufficient nutrition for 10 billion people while significantly reducing emissions from agricultural production and land—use, we urgently need to innovate across protein sectors — including livestock, aquaculture/fisheries, agricultural proteins, and novel proteins (algae, fungi, bacteria, insects, etc.) — to produce high quality, affordable and sustainable nutrition for our health and the environment. There is no time, either for the health of people or the planet, to be imprecise with our approach to protein, a macronutrient that is the most resource-intensive and consequential to the environment and climate change.
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PRECISION PROTEIN SYSTEM


The democratization of nutrition is the next frontier of food. Protein — which is necessary for all key human biological functions, including the musculo-skeletal system, the circulatory system, the pituitary system, and our overall health — will play a critical role in this evolution. The Precision Protein FoodShot looks at proteins, peptides, and amino acids systemically and with heightened rigor in order to in order to build a protein system that is more precisely attuned to human and planetary health, better aligns global and regional supply and demand, increases accessibility, and decreases waste and environmental damage. In this framework, a Precision Protein System activates science, technology, investment and innovation to deliver the maximum benefits to humans and the planet.
PRECISION PROTEIN SOLUTIONS

FoodShot Global winners will leverage advances in science
to fully realize protein's power to improve health outcomes,
deliver proteins in a way that minimizes environmental damage
and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and expands access to
proteins by diversifying and democratizing production and
processing to meet local and regional needs.


SOLUTIONS
INNOVATIONS
GOALS
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SOLUTIONS
FOODSHOT SOLUTIONS WILL HELP ACHIEVE IMPROVEMENTS IN:
  • Producing high quality proteins for human and animal food.
  • Providing equitable access to a nutritionally sufficient amount of high-quality protein for 10B people by 2050.
  • Reducing input resource intensity (land use, water, energy, input calories).
  • Substantially reducing environmental impacts from production and waste (GHG, soil deterioration, algae blooms) in order to achieve global targets (e.g. the Paris Agreement).
  • Closing the loop on protein production to drive conversion of waste into usable food and nutrition sources.
  • Improving personalization and efficacy to harness the power of proteins to serve as protective foods.
INNOVATIONS
EXAMPLES OF INVESTABLE INNOVATION PATHWAYS:
  • Better discovery, construction, and optimization of protein at a molecular level to democratize access to protein as a macronutrient, along with associated micro and phyto-nutrients found in protein sources.
  • Methods and technologies (machine learning, synthetic & molecular biology, chemistry, etc.) to unlock previously unknown biological activity in proteins to improve human health.
  • Protein and peptide engineering — including modifications of plant and animal protein sources and the leveraging of recombinant proteins — to better understand how the delivery pathway and the presence of micro- and phyto-nutrients found in protein sources impact the bioavailability and functionality of amino acids.
  • Research and technology that explores the link between soil microbiome and plant protein, as well as protein intake and the human/animal microbiome.
  • Better understanding of the health implications of micronutrients and phytochemicals found in both plant and animal protein sources, and how those are impacted by food processing.
  • Innovations that advance diversified sources of proteins that align to local, regional, national and global cultural traditions as well as delivering on flavor and nutrition.
  • Scalable and innovative solutions for more productive, efficient, and/or regenerative livestock and aquaculture systems that reduce harmful environmental impacts (including disease) and/or increase provision of non-food ecosystem services.
GOALS
ALIGNMENT WITH UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
  • Goal #2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal #3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Goal #6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Goal #12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal #13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal #14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  • Goal #15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss