A third of global emissions come from the food industry: 71% from agriculture; 18% from the meat industry.
By 2050, demand for food will increase 60%, placing additional pressure on the industry. More than half of global habitable land is used for agriculture. Over 80% of agriculture land is used for livestock, which provides less than 20% of world calories.
It’s not too late to make a positive change in the world. We can choose to eat more sustainable foods and support forward-thinking and sustainably minded people, companies, organizations, and countries. If we work together as a global community, we can create the world we want our children and grandchildren to live in.
Technology innovations can have a significant impact on the development of a healthy, balanced and sustainable future. We believe cultured meat will play a critical role in significantly reducing the meat industry’s carbon footprint, decreasing water and land usage, and making meat safer and more accessible.
The United Nations Global Compact is an initiative announced by the UN in 2000 with the goal of mobilizing companies worldwide to align their operations and strategies around ten universal principles in human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption.
Steakholder Foods has been committed to the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact since May 2022. We are implementing these principles into our company strategy, culture, product development, and operations.
Sustainability is a top priority and a fundamental aspect of our product development approach.Our goal as a company is to be a responsible leader and partner while creating value for our stakeholders. We aim to achieve sustainable growth through positive social, economic and environmental impact.
We’ve identified the areas where we have the most potential to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and have aligned our business strategy to promote long-term sustainability.
Steakholder Foods is committed to the development of secure, localized supplies of animal protein that are not affected by environmental or geopolitical crises. The company’s sustainable approach to meat production will enable safe, nutritious, high-quality, and affordable meat — produced locally in controlled, sterile, and constantly monitored environments.
A growing demand for meat is expected to be fueled by rising income levels in places like China and India and a global population projected to reach 10 billion by 2050. With its constant need for more and more limited land and water resources, the meat industry in its current form will not be able to satisfy demand. Steakholder Foods aims to provide a sustainable, nutritious supply of meat to the world that will benefit everyone equally while also not putting a strain on land and water resources.
The razing of terrestrial ecosystems, such as forests and grasslands, for livestock farming is being fueled by a growing global demand for meat. Beef production alone is responsible for 41% of deforestation for grazing and feed crop. Cows are also big carbon emitters. Forests and grasslands are critical for sequestering carbon, a natural process that is essential for mitigating climate change.
Cultured meat production will require land only for manufacturing facilities (a tiny fraction relative to conventional meat) and will produce only a relatively small amount of waste. Through our meat production methods, we will help preserve and restore precious ecosystems and free up land that can be used for growing crops for human consumption.
Climate change is the most formidable environmental challenge facing humanity in the modern era. Steakholder Foods is committed to being part of the solution. The company’s approach to cultured meat production will include the use of 100% renewable energy which will dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. When compared to conventional meat, the production of cultured chicken, pork and beef using renewable energy reduces the impact of global warming by 17%, 52%, and 85% to 92% respectively (Source: CE Delft).
Water is essential to life. Yet 1 in 10 (771 million people around the world) lack stable, secure access to freshwater resources. Animal meat consumption contributes to more than one-quarter of humanity’s water footprint, most of which is attributed to animal feed crops.
Steakholder Foods uses a small fraction of the water used for conventional beef production. At scale, this will help reduce water resource scarcity, making water more available and secure for human consumption.
Renewable energies in our operations
Sustainable packaging across all production lines
Minimize water use through efficiency and water reuse processes