About Us

About Us

Working hand-in-hand with American farmers to build a sustainable food future.

The Plant Based Foods Institute’s (PBFI) Domestic Sourcing Initiative (DSI) encourages and empowers plant-based food companies to source ingredients grown domestically for direct human consumption. Many plant-based food companies use imported ingredients, relying on global supply networks vulnerable to significant disruptions and delays that can hinder company access to critically important materials and consumer access to their products. By sourcing key ingredients here in the United States, companies can build more resilient, sustainable networks to support long-term growth and stability for our farmers and supported industries.

PROGRAM

The Domestic Sourcing Initiative connects plant based-food companies with domestic supply network partners (farmers, processors, ingredient suppliers and manufacturers), creating collaborative, future-facing opportunities for American farmers and rural communities. The Institute actively works with policymakers at every level to support domestic production of plant-based ingredients.

PRINCIPLES

Sustainability is at the heart of the plant-based foods industry, and this game-changing sector is rapidly evolving innovative ways to integrate sustainable practices. Domestic sourcing is a critical opportunity for companies to reduce their carbon footprints through shorter supply chains, and to encourage climate-smart farming practices that promote biodiversity, nutrition access, and soil health. Through the DSI, we also work to generate actionable business opportunities for small-to-mid-sized growers and processors of diverse and socially-disadvantaged backgrounds, and maintain a commitment to learn alongside these communities at the heart of our food system.