ETH Zurich Foundation, Planted


Lukas Böni

Chicken made from pea protein is contributing to a more sustainable world

Our current level of meat consumption is unsustainable. Novel and scalable ways to sustainably and animal-friendly meet the protein need of the world in 2050 are urgently needed because meat production is responsible for about 18 percent of global greenhouse gases; other negative effects include over-fertilisation and antibiotic resistance.

Not at Planted. Their product helps conserve natural resources and consists of only four ingredients: pea protein, pea fibre, sunflower oil and water. The manufacturing process is similar to making pasta: the protein, fibre and oil are kneaded to create a dough and then fed through an extruder under pressure and heat. This creates the chicken-like consistency. The success relies on creating a product that mimics the original as closely as possible.

More on Planted in the interview, in the ETH news and on their website.