What’s Sustainability Got to Do With It?
(why pea protein is so good for you and the planet)
We are obsessed with preserving the planet and know it’s our duty to choose sustainable food. We started using pea protein circa pre-Impossible Burger (guess you could call us ahead of the curve).
Not only is it a solid protein source (promotes muscle recovery and a good source of amino acids), the environmental impact of pea protein is significantly less than that of animal agriculture, which heavily contributes to global greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, and habitat loss – all of which drive species extinction.
The addition of peas can actually improve the sustainability of large-scale cereal farms, according to Dr. Chengci Chen, Cropping Systems Agronomist and Superintendent of the Eastern Agriculture Research Center at Montana State University. Chen says that’s because peas and other legumes grow in concert with bacteria in the soil to take nitrogen from the air and soil and feed it to the plant as a natural fertilizer.
When peas are grown as a rotational crop on Montana’s large cereal farms, Chen says that the nitrogen created by the peas keeps the soil healthy and reduces the amount of nitrogen-based chemical fertilizer that is applied to the wheat before running off into the groundwater supply.
Other proteins such as soy on the other hand have been heavily cited by the FDA as being over sprayed with fertilizers and genetically modified. There are just 1.1 million acres of split peas planted in the U.S. compared to 80 million acres of soy. Corn and soy are overdone – We believe North Americans should include more alternative proteins (peas) in their diets not only for health/delicious reasons, but elevating pea demand motivates farmers to include it in their crop rotations, thus in turn promoting crop diversity, healthier soils and a more sustainable food system in North America.
Bottom line: Real Food Bars – good for you and the planet.
Farming runs deep. Our family has been farming for over 100 years and continues to operate as a centennial farm. While the practices have changed significantly over the years, the vegetable garden has always been a point of pride in the Peterson family.
(Pictured: Grandpa Peterson)