Cereal Foods World, Vol. 64, No. 5
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Sustainability Impacts of Pulses in Meat-Analogue Food Products
C.W. Brabender Instruments Inc., South Hackensack, NJ, U.S.A.
© 2019 AACC International, Inc.
The plant-based food movement has been gaining traction rapidly among consumers, companies, and investors. The combination of this movement and the growing popularity of pulses is driving food companies to create meat-analogue products that incorporate pulses as the main replacement for meat protein. Although the popularity of the plant-based food movement is being driven by a multitude of factors, one of the primary drivers is the consumer appeal of environmentally sustainable diets, which can be coupled with sustainability messages around pulses. Sustainability messages resonate with consumers, who often do not have a clear understanding of exactly how environmentally sustainable pulse-based meat alternatives are compared with their meat-based counterparts. Looking at sustainability impacts across the food supply chain, switching from meat-based to pulse-based products drastically reduces land and water use requirements and the carbon footprint of the food production process. Substituting even one plant-based meal for a meat-based meal begins to have an environmental impact. As this impact grows, pulse-based meat-analogue products can play a major part in reducing carbon emissions and slowing global warming and can help sustain a healthier planet for future generations.
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