“[Our current food system] is simply unsustainable. There is a very substantial risk that the world will irreversibly cross multiple planetary boundaries as a direct outcome of current agricultural and food system practices.”
- 2020 Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems For Nutrition
Rethinking our food system.
At LOCA, we are rethinking how we produce food on a global level - how we can both help our planet and feed the world. By looking past traditional crops and systems to produce cheese, we came across a seemingly simple ingredient - the potato. By reimagining its possibilities, we created the first potato-based queso - truly a cheese for the 21st century.
But we aren’t stopping here.
If a potato can be a cheese, then anything is possible. Our sustainability efforts don't stop today and we are committed to continuing our efforts to xxx.
The power of the potato
Potatoes are one of the most nutrient dense, adaptable, climate friendly crops on earth. Potatoes both produce less CO2e and require less water to grow than other major crops. Their natural biodiversity (over 4300 species!) creates resistance to climate change conditions, pests, and disease. Not to mention, they are anti-inflammatory, hypocholesterolemic, and a good source of vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants.
A cheese made better for you, animals, and the planet.
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How we measure sustainability
We created a life cycle assessment (LCA) tool that allows us to measure key performance indicators such as Carbon Emissions Equivalents (CO2e) and Water Consumption, per ingredient and aggregated per product. This tool was custom built with references to the latest food science data cross-referenced across multiple data sets. We use published, peer reviewed studies on the environmental impact of retail dairy cheese to accurately discern how LOCA measures up.
“Without meat and dairy consumption, global farmland use could be reduced by more than 75% – an area equivalent to the US, China, European Union and Australia combined – and still feed the world.” - Science, Jul 2018
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