Meat is a heavily subsidized product (in North America at least), and comes with a large carbon footprint and other potential risks (i.e. health consequences, disease).
Meanwhile, traditional meat alternatives like plant-based meats and lab grown meats are showing that companies can make an ethical and environmentally-friendly alternative. These industries are already growing rapidly, and could explode over the next few decades if they become the norm.
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Stock Exchange: CSE
If you have access to the Canadian Stock Exchange, this might be exactly what you’re looking for.
It’s a holding company that specifically invests in meat alternatives around the world, including:
- Plant-based proteins
- Fermented proteins
- Cultured (lab grown) meat
It’s essentially a mini-ETF for this investing purpose.
Stock Exchange: Nasdaq
When it comes to plant-based meat, Beyond Meat is the only company so far to go public. I wouldn’t be shocked if Impossible Foods also did in the future, but there are no announced plans that I’ve seen.
The company has been scaling up production and making new partnerships, but hasn’t been able to hit earnings targets regularly, which has affected share price so far.
Stock Exchange: London Stock Exchange
Since there aren’t many public companies that sell lab grown meat, that means you’ll need to turn to private investments.
That’s not feasible for you and me, but what you can do is invest in Agronomics, which then invests in lab grown meat companies specifically.
They have holdings in almost all of the most promising cultivated meat startups for now, including:
- Bond Pet Food
- Mosa Meats
- New Age Meats
- Shiok Meats
Stock Exchange: Nasdaq
MeaTech is the only public lab grown meat company at the moment.
It’s an Israeli food-tech firm that is primarily focused on disrupting the meat industry through lab-grown meat by:
…developing an industrial cultured meat production process with integrated 3D printing technology.
MeaTech has already produced viable products, and are one of the front-runners trying to produce a commercial product at scale.
The Very Good Food Company Inc. (No Longer Available)
Stock Exchange: CSE (Canadian Securities Exchange)
The Very Good Food Company is another Canadian company that is looking to expand to the United States soon.
It’s main brand is The Very Good Butchers, producing a large line of high quality plant-based meats. As a Canadian who has tried some of those products, they’re quite good.
While it may not be what you’re looking for, the company is also busy acquiring other companies that make plant-based alternatives for foods like cheese.
Unfortunately, it has succumbed to receivership, meaning that you will no longer be able to invest in it and the company will be restructured or sold in some way.