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The scoop: Is Beyond Meat sustainable? The plant-based protein maker has turned veganism mainstream. But they need to be more transparent.
Some talking points:
- Beyond Meat packaging needs work. Their flagship product (Beyond Burger) is not compostable.
- Beyond Meat uses 99% less water, 93% less land, 90% fewer greenhouse gases, and 46% less energy than a traditional beef burger.
- Pea protein is a sustainable protein choice, but they should prioritize sustainable farming > organic farming.
- A report from 2018 criticized Beyond Meat's transparency around sustainability reporting, giving them a 0%.
Bottom line: Beyond Meat needs to revisit its supply chain, but they are on the upward trajectory for both profitability and sustainability. Quality company that just needs to keep improving. Beyond Meat is on its way to being sustainable.
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