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First Plant-based Meat Substitute Facility in Abu Dhabi Launched

May 10, 2023

HE Mariam bint Mohammed AlMheiri (center), UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, tours the facility with Edward Hamod (left), Founder and CEO of Switch Foods.

As the United Arab Emirates (UAE) celebrates the Year of Sustainability and prepares to host COP28 this year, start-up company Switch Foods launched the first state-of-the-art, exclusive plant-based meat production facility in Abu Dhabi. The initiative aligns with UAE's National Food Security Strategy 2051 that aims to promote food security through sustainable innovations and diversified food products.

National efforts to identify solutions that will outline realistic actions for mitigation, adaptation, loss and damage, and climate finance are being headed by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), with food production being a core pillar of the efforts. UAE recognizes that plant-based meat generates 30 to 90% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than conventional meat and contributes to a more sustainable food supply. The launch was attended by the Minister of MOCCAE as a show of support to the contributions of plant-based meat alternative sector to mitigate climate change. The Director of the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority was also present during the launch, where he commended the event as it demonstrates the country's progress in agricultural innovation while supporting UAE's food security strategy.

Switch Foods marked the launch as a milestone to transform the way people consume food in the UAE and their perception of plant-based meat. Their objective is to transition to sustainable food systems using plant-based meat alternatives that are healthier for both the consumers and the environment.

Download the complete press kit from Switch Foods to learn more.

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