According to CBC News, French company Roquette announced it would open the world’s largest pea protein plant near Portage la Prairie.
The project will cost an estimated $400 million and will employ around 150 people full-time. Roquette’s stated aim is to meet the growing demand for plant-based protein around the world.
Company chair Edward Roquette said in a statement:
It is the largest global investment dedicated to pea protein to date. And it constitutes a key pillar of our strategy in plant protein in general and in pea protein in particular.
Pea protein is a great protein source used in a variety of meat alternatives. In fact, many companies, including Beyond Meat and Hampton Creek, rely on pea protein to make the high-quality products so many of us love. It’s high in fiber and low in fat, making it heart healthy unlike artery-clogging animal-based proteins.
Health Canada, along with many other public health agencies, recommends eating more plant-based proteins, such as those found in peas, lentils, and beans, for better overall health. Meat consumption has been linked to a number of health concerns, including diabetes, cancer, heart disease, obesity, and stroke.
In addition to damaging our health, meat’s literally killing our planet and causing unthinkable animal suffering.
Thanks to great companies that are investing in humane and healthy alternatives, it’s easier than ever to ditch meat and other animal products.
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