Times Less Emissions
Growing the ingredients for Burcon’s plant-based protein emits 100x less greenhouse gases
Burcon has issued over 290 patents since its founding
Burcon’s production facility has the capacity to process 20,000 tonnes of yellow field peas and canola
The Path to Drawdown: Plant-based Diet
The meat-centric Western diet is responsible for one-fifth of global emissions. Land clearing, fertilizer use, and methane from burping cattle combined take an enormous toll on the environment and the climate.
Shifting to a diet rich in plants is a demand-side solution that reduces emissions and tends to be healthier. If the world adopted a vegan diet, business-as-usual emissions could be reduced by as much as 70%, and a vegetarian diet could reduce emissions by 63%. On top of this, adopting a plant-based diet could help save $1 trillion in annual health-care costs and lost productivity.
Global dietary preferences based on meat, fish and dairy products are deeply ingrained in Western cultures, as well as in lower-income countries as they develop. Bringing about dietary change requires plant-based options that are widely available, visible, and enticing, including high-quality meat substitutes.
Project Drawdown estimates that, if 75% of the global population adopts a plant-rich diet by 2050, this dietary change can reduce GHG emissions by up to 91.72 gigatons: 68.32 gigatons from diverted agricultural production, 23.16 gigatons from avoided land conversion, and 0.24 gigatons from sequestration from ecosystem protection.
Burcon NutraScience Corporation (stock ticker: BRCN), together with its subsidiary, develops plant proteins and ingredients for use in the food and beverage industries. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, they develop novel plant-based protein derived from pea, canola, soy, hemp, sunflower seed and more.
BRCN’s Role in Drawdown
Burcan NutraScience Corporation is a pre-revenue company that just completed its first production facility in Manitoba, Canada in December 2020.
The plant-based protein products that are being produced at this facility are wide ranging. These include their various pea, canola, and soy proteins, as well as blends of other plant-derived proteins. These products have applications in sports nutrition beverages, dairy alternative yogurts and cheeses, powdered beverage mixes, coffee creamers, protein bars and crisps, vegetarian and vegan foods, additives in baked goods, dressings, sauces, and meat substitutes.
BRCN: What We Like
We’re excited that growing the ingredients required for Burcon’s plant-based protein products is far more sustainable (p. 14) than raising cattle for beef. It takes six times less water, 49 times less land, and emits 100 times less greenhouse gases.
We’re also encouraged by the commitment by Merit Functional Foods - a joint venture between Burcon and two other companies - to achieve carbon neutrality by 2022 (p. 17).