The sweet lupine is one hell of a miracle. With the protein of its seeds, we can recreate the taste you know and love in dairy products.
But how does their environmental footprint compare to cow’s milk and other vegan alternatives? Spoiler alert: We’ve got ourselves a winner.
Yes, it’s true, we think cow’s milk and dairy products are pretty great. Their taste, anyway. When it comes to animal welfare, climate, and environmental responsibility, however, it’s not that great. Not at all, to be fair.
There is so much we can do for a climate-friendly, life-sustaining future – animal products tend to be the anti-heroes in this story.Cow’s milk is consistently wasteful regarding CO2 emissions, land use, and water consumption compared with plant-based alternatives.
Curtains up for vegan alternatives
No worries though, by now we’ve got the solution: vegan alternatives. That doesn’t imply that you have to go completely vegan starting now – nobody’s perfect, and that’s okay. But we like to celebrate the fact that there’s such a huge range of high-quality vegan alternatives to milk and dairy products out there.
Because in the end, we all want the same thing: to make the world a little bit better by reducing the ‘moo’ in our food. And yet, even among the vegan alternatives, we can see significant differences. Did you know that among common dairy alternatives, rice produces the highest CO2 emissions and oats take up the most land for production? Or that the almond alternative uses nearly 400 liters of water per liter? And that 80 percent of soybeans come from the USA, Brazil, and Argentina? We don’t mean to bash anyone, but it’s time to face the facts.
Time to let the sweet lupine take over
We’ve always been certain of one thing: Rice, soy, oats, peas, almonds, and coconuts are not the end of the line – there was still more to come! And that’s exactly how it went down: The sweet lupine shakes it all up with sensationally good numbers for CO2 emissions, land use, and water consumption (see graphic). And what’s more, it improves the soil while binding nitrogen, it doesn’t require genetic engineering, it’s loved by bees, and it’s grown locally in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
So the facts are clearly in favor of the sweet lupine. And the taste of our products, well, it speaks for itself.