Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Lab meat specialist Aleph Farms commits to carbon neutrality

Aleph Farms, an Israeli start-up cultivating beef steak from cells, has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2025 as is unveils a new strategy to creating a more sustainable food system.

Under its new strategy, the start-up has committed to eliminate emissions associated with its meat production by 2025 and reach the same net-zero emissions across its entire supply chain by 2030.

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Aleph Farms has consolidated its approach for food system resilience not only to cope with local and global supply chain disruptions that put food securities at risk, but also to promote natural ecosystem preservation and reduce friction points with wild animals.

As it prepares for active pilot-plant (BioFarm) operations next year, the company has set the bar higher for its sustainable development goals.

It is calculated that food production is responsible for over a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. Aleph Farms’ move sets to limit global warming to 1.5°C as targeted under the Paris climate agreement and translate the European Green Deal resolutions into actionable climate practices that decrease ecological footprints of food production on a global scale.

The start-up is actively engaging in a dialogue with livestock farmers to integrate cultivated meat as part of a solution set to fundamental challenges that the agriculture industry is facing, such as eroding revenues and increased retirement rate in developed countries.

This establishment of a new category of meat products will actively support the capacity of current and future generations to maintain prosperous communities, as partners across the supply chain work jointly towards a carbon-neutral system.

In trying to reach its sustainability goals, the company has formed a Sustainability Advisory board, which gfathers thoguth leaders from around the world to solicit views, reach objectives and implement its holistic approach to sustainability across the ecosystem’s entire value chain.

In February, it also established a ‘Z-Board’, a dialogue platform that engages Generation Z leaders in the vision development for future generations.

Moreover, the start-up is collaborating with Black & Veatch, a global engineering and construction company, to build a resilient, compliant, and sustainable infrastructure for large-scale production with foundational principles of circular economy and renewable energy.

“At a time when the occurrence of regional and global crisis is increasing – African Swine Fever, Australia fires, COVID-19 – food system resilience is at the core of Aleph Farms’ vision and the key to building a better future for generations that follow,” says Didier Toubia, Co-Founder and CEO of Aleph Farms.

“We have to rethink the way we use our natural resources, but our sustainability approach encompasses not only aggressive environmental goals. It also targets social, nutritional and economic objectives.

“We are identifying challenges and bottlenecks, engaging with experts and youth leaders, raising awareness and driving innovation across the entire value chain in order to accelerate the necessary global transition of our food system into the right direction.”

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