Between massive disruptions to the supply chain and growing evidence of COVID-19’s zoonotic origins, it’s little wonder that both demand for and investment in plant-based protein choices has escalated to previously unseen heights in the last several months.
Helping lead the charge and change in the way we humans get our proteins is Eat Just, a San Francisco-based company whose plant-based egg product is on store shelves everywhere between Whole Foods and Costco. The company now has its sights set on international expansion and, more importantly, on further helping us humans understand the negative impacts of our over-reliance on animal proteins. Those impacts include (and are definitely not limited to) further harm to the planet and the likelihood that COVID-19 won’t be the last pandemic we see.
“There’s a collision that’s happening between human beings and animals and that collision is causing a spillover that is increasing the risk profile of our food systems,” Eat Just founder and CEO Josh Tetrick explained to me over a Zoom chat recently.
Eat Just was one of the early innovators in the new generation of plant-based food and one of the only companies with plans for both plant-based and cultured protein products. Given all that, I wanted to get Tetrick’s take on the current state of the market and how things are changing as the pandemic situation plays out.
Watch the video below to see our full conversation, where we discuss:
- The versatility of the egg and how we can replicate it using plant-based alternatives
- How the pandemic is changing the way consumers think about not just the foods they eat but where those foods come from
- The recent United Nations report that outlines how our increasing demand for animal protein is the number one driver of zoonotic diseases
- How plant-based protein companies can work alongside — not replace — established CPGs and other food industry players to spark change in the way we eat