Sustainability is at the heart of Eighth Day Foods, and we made it tangible:
LUPREME® is among the most sustainable plant protein products on the planet
– from field to finished product.
It takes 158x more land to produce 100g of beef than 100g of LUPREME®.
And whether compared to animal or other plant protein sources, LUPREME® uses incredibly little land.
Source: Our World In Data. LUPREME land use calculated on proven test yields of Luxor sweet lupins in Australia; 2mt/Ha; 75% yield to use in LUPREME™. As per the chart, 1kg of protein from beef requires 1,640 m2 while 1kg of protein from LUPREME™ requires only 14 m2 (1.4 m2 for 100g protein).
In the field
Growing sweet lupins requires NO supplemental water. Lupin plants need just 300mm of rain per year and are grown primarily via dry-land farming. Lupins are also tolerant of very poor soils.
In the factory
All water used in the production of LUPREME® is retained in the final product. LUPREME® has zero loss of water during the production process. And we use recycled facility clean-down water to achieve truly sustainable production.
From plant to product, our water use is remarkably low.
Emissions of greenhouse gasses, which include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, ozone, and water vapour.
Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) is, “a major contributor to overall soil health, agriculture, climate change, and food solutions. It is a natural energy storage… SOC improves soil biological, chemical, and physical properties, water-holding capacity, and structural stability.” (source)
The Carbon Footprint of Products (CFP) is calculated as the quantity of GHG emissions produced throughout the life cycle of a product.
We love this tidbit from
Boston Consulting Group & Blue Horizon:
“Our consumer research suggests that the conditions are right for another surge in the adoption of alternative proteins once the next generation of healthy, tasty products hits the shelves. Our impact analysis shows that the protein transformation is one of the best tools available to combat the climate crisis. It all points to an untapped opportunity that everyone can embrace.”
Lupin has a big impact on emissions in crop rotations, too.
In wheat production, including lupin in the cropping rotation lowers emissions by up to 56% on a per hectare per year basis, or by up to 35% per tonne of wheat.
Incorporating lupins in the cropping rotation decreases CO2 emissions from the production, transport, and hydrolysis of urea (a process that produces CO2).
Sources: Sevenster, Maartje & Luo, Zhongkui & Eady, Sandra & Grant, Tim. (2020). Including long-term soil organic carbon changes in the life cycle assessment of agricultural products. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. 25. 10.1007/s11367-019-01660-4. Nitrous Oxide Research Program - Australian Dept of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 2012.