Plant proteins are gaining popularity from the recognition that they offer a more environmentally friendly alternative to animal derived proteins. Production of animal proteins is viewed as less "environmentally economic" when compared to the production of plant proteins. Producers must feed plant protein to animals in order to produce animal proteins and animals are not efficient converters, pound for pound, of the proteins they consume. There is also a growing awareness of the large amount of greenhouse gases generated globally through livestock production.
Burcon’s extraction processes use no harsh chemicals and emit no noxious odours or significant waste products. Biodegradable and/or recyclable input materials, end-products and by-products are used and, therefore, are expected to present no significant environmental risk.
Burcon’s processes as demonstrated to date are expected to work equally well on input materials from both genetically modified ("GM") and non-GM sources.