If animals are off the table, where will we get our protein?
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As the world's population continues to grow, non-meat protein sources are becoming increasingly relevant.  There's currently a disproportionate amount of agricultural land being used for animal farming, which not only results in high levels of pollution, CO2 emissions and water usage, but still falls far short of meeting global protein needs.  Fortunately there are new alternatives that can help humans from the looming consequences of  sourcing protein from animals.  Here are three we want to focus on:  

These alternative proteins have unique advantages and possible difficulties, and they may elicit a wide range of responses from consumers, from disgust to delight!  For this challenge, we want you to research these next generation proteins (begin with the links above) and share your insights on their potential future with consumers.    


We are interested in the future of non-animal proteins, including insect protein, lab-grown protein, and single-cell protein to be used in food or beverages for human consumption.  Specifically, answer the following: 

  1. For each of these non-animal proteins (1. insect, 2. lab-grown, 3. single-cell), describe why or why not they appeal to you as a consumer.   Which would you be most open to try and why?  
  2. Based on your research, what are the most important benefits to each of these three alternative proteins?  Benefits could be environmental, humanitarian, nutritional, etc.  
  3. What do you see as the biggest obstacles facing these three non-meat proteins?  Be specific.
  4. Propose a possible solution, as outlandish as it might seem, to help overcome the obstacle you described in question 3.  Your solution should increase the consumer appeal of at least one of these alternative proteins.
  5. Which of these proteins has the strongest potential to be the 'next generation protein?'