Sustainability of protein ingredients
Product sustainability can be determined by carrying out a life cycle assessment (LCA)
. An LCA identifies the steps in the production process and the resulting environmental impact of a product. A key part of an LCA is the life cycle inventory (LCI), which presents the environmental impacts of the various inputs needed to make a product, such as energy, water and raw materials. For example, the raw materials for meat substitutes could be pea protein or soya protein. The environmental impact of these protein ingredients will also be incorporated into Agri-footprint®
, the leading LCA database for agricultural products and foods. The information that Amber collects will provide a better understanding of the environmental impact of products containing plant proteins.