This article was first published by The Times of Israel and is re-posted with permission.
Israel will need a national strategy to support its growing food tech industry if it hopes to maintain a key role in the sector over the coming years, according to a new report that offers details on a proposed plan.
Israel is currently a leading player in the global food tech industry, specifically in the cultivated meat sector which drew some 40 percent of investments worldwide in 2021, said the October report, put together by The Good Food Institute (GFI) Israel, a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote research and innovation in the field, and consulting multinational EY. It was presented, in part, last week at a food tech event at Reichman University (formerly IDC) in Herzliya hosted by the students’ Entrepreneurship Club with the Zvi Meitar Institute for Legal Implications and Emerging Technologies.
The document delves into the growing demand for animal-derived food and the environmental harms associated with modern meat production — an industry that is responsible for about 23 percent of all global warming gases — as well as an emerging global race to secure food supplies and develop more sustainable, lasting food sources. A strong local food tech industry can establish food security and become a strategic national asset for Israel, the report said.
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