@TIME — #Peas Front-Runner In The Race To Replace #Meat And #Dairy; #Health #Diet #Debatable

Whenever this kind of grandiose claim shows up in articles, it's always best to approach it with a little bit of skepticism. Ask first, who will benefit from an influx of demand on an endorsed product? Then do your own research. Everyone's diet is different because our physiology is different. Some people may prefer to eat only vegetables while some include meat in their diet. It's not a good strategy to convince people to change their diet for the sake of mother earth only to endorsing another product that requires natural resources. Peas still need to be cultivated, and thus will require resources to produce. People should only change their diet for health reasons, period.

Cut back on excess. That's how we can save the planet.

If their concern is sustainability, then a product endorsement is not the right solution. It only transfers the issue to another food source. What they should be telling people is to eat right and eat less. Like people in developed countries are consuming too much food. And the result? Obesity epidemic.

If only people change their eating habits and eat wisely, it will solve a lot of problems in other areas of concern like health care, food supply, and quality of life. But of course, the food industry will hate it because less demand means less profit. That's another problem right there.

If people are really concerned about the planet, then have a look at commercialism. Pay attention to the things you're hoarding, the food and drink you're consuming. Cut back on excess. That's how we can save the planet. Not by putting a strain on another food source by overproduction.

(TIME) — The rise of the pea: How an unassuming legume emerged as a frontrunner in the race to replace meat and dairy.

An unassuming legume has emerged as a front runnersin the global effort to develop plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy.

As a crop, the pea has risen and fallen in favor, but today everyone seems to agree that it checks the box against the biggest problems plaguing the Earth: climate, food and health.

From a sustainability standpoint, peas, in the legume family, do everything wheat, corn and soy don’t. They require less water, are drought tolerant, reduce the need for nitrogen fertilizers because they take nitrogen gas from the air and store it in their roots, and make an ideal candidate for crop rotation. Worried about GMO peas? They don’t exist outside the lab. Want to avoid allergens? You’re probably good there too; allergies are rare, another reason peas are leaving soy in their dust.

Mintel, the market research firm, reported that 757 new pea-related foods hit the shelves last year. That’s in addition to what’s already out there, including the most famous pea food, the Beyond burger. With one of the strongest first days of trading for an IPO in the last two decades, Beyond Meat is a prime example of our food system’s new priority: plant protein. Much of the 20 grams of protein in each burger comes from peas, but some comes from rice and mung bean. “One goal of this innovation is to diversify protein sources,” says Ethan Brown, the founder of Beyond Meat. “We believe it isn’t a desirable consumer proposition to have pea protein as the sole protein across our product platforms.” He’s right. Who wants to eat the same thing everyday?

Source: TIME, full story


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