Today, we are excited to present to you a forward-thinking social justice advocate and plant-based entrepreneur, Ms. Christie Lagally, from Seattle, USA, who walked away from a stellar career at aerospace giant Boeing to seek viable solutions for a world in peril. In 2017, Christie launched her startup Rebellyous Foods, a.k.a. Seattle Food Tech, which makes exceptional plant-based meat alternatives and equipment for plant-based meat manufacturing. In 2021, Rebellyous Foods was awarded the ‘sofi Award’ in the plant-based protein category by Specialty Food Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing specialty food standouts since 1972. “I personally feel like animals are just like us, they're just in a different form. I really feel like animals are definitely sentient beings.” Christie also believes that virtually all our ills on Earth today can be traced to the animal-people raising industry – including environmental degradation, species extinction, world hunger, water shortages, global economic woes, public health deterioration, social inequity, societal moral decay, pandemics, and global warming. Christie went on to work as a senior scientist for GFI from 2016 to 2018 and learned about the vast potential of plant-based meat as a way to diminish the harms of the animal-people industry. “So there's an obvious solution to the amount of meat production that we do in the world, which is: let's see if we can replace it.” “Because plant-based meat is not a true solution to climate change, human health, animal welfare, or pandemic prevention, unless everybody has access to it. It's not going to do us any good to be less than 1% of the market; it has to be 10, 15, hopefully, 100% of the market one day.” After years of hard work, Christie and her team of more than 30 food experts and engineers debuted an innovative system of plant-based meat-making in 2021 that cuts the typical manufacturing cost by an astounding 60%.