Environmental Footprinting: Pulses

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 To gain a comprehensive understanding of sustainability performance the Alberta Pulse Growers with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry collaborated on measuring the environmental footprint of Alberta field peas using a method called life cycle assessment (LCA). LCA has become a mainstream method for environmental sustainability assessment being used by many agriculture commodities to measure and communicate their environmental footprint.
Measuring the Environmental Footprint of Alberta Peas

Using the results of the Alberta Field Pea LCA, the combined health and environmental benefits of pulses were explored which shows a highly nutritious and low impact protein rich food.

Alberta Peas A Win-Win Crop: High Nutritional Value, Low Environmental Impact

Alberta Field Pea is the first agri-food commodity to be certified with a globally-recognized Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) in North America. Alberta Pulse Growers worked collaboratively with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry through the process of applying and receiving an EPD certification. This EPD is based on the 2016 life cycle assessment (LCA) that was completed using Alberta pulse producers’ on-farm information. To view the Alberta Field Pea EPD, visit www.environdec.com/en/Detail/epd1047. Read more about the Alberta Field Pea EPD below and listen to an interview with APG’s Nevin Rosaasen on Call of the Land.

Alberta Field Peas: First Agri-Food Commodity to Have a Certified Environmental Product Declaration in North America
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This information published to the web on May 16, 2018.
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