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Secretary Tom Vilsack

Climate idea

Peas deserve more federal agricultural funding subsidies

Dear U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack,
We know you’re busy doing important things to solve the climate crisis. However, we want to make sure that you don’t miss out on our climate idea. So sit back, relax, enjoy a bag of PeaTos and hear us out: it’s time for peas to receive more agricultural subsidy funding.
In our previous article, we covered the measly amount that peas receive in agricultural subsidy spending. To refresh your memory, from 1995-2021, peas received $428,846 in U.S. federal agricultural subsidies. However, corn received a whopping $39,549,930 in US federal agricultural subsidies between 1995 and 2021.
With this timeframe in mind, peas are only receiving around 1% of U.S. federal agricultural subsidies. (Sorry for being ~pea-Madonnas~, but we care deeply about our beloved peas). To show you why peas deserve more funding, we are going to show you the three ways that peas have a ~“pea”sitive~ climate impact.
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Through a process called nitrogen fixation, peas create their own fertilizer. This is good for the environment because this process enriches the soil. It’s worth noting that there are very few plants in the world that are able to create their own fertilizer, and peas are one of them.
We also want to point out that fertilizer use in of itself isn’t a bad thing, but we know that too much fertilizer can lead to harmful environmental consequences.
For instance, corn fields throughout the United States use fertilizer, and all this runoff from these fields, among other factors, is contributing to a growing deadzone in the Gulf of Mexico. 
Also, while you’re reading this, Mr. Secretary, despite causing aquatic chaos via nutrient-loaded runoff from corn cultivation, tasteless Cheetos still won't transition to pea-based production for some semblance of flavor and environmental responsibility!
2. Peas use less water
In a world with frequent and prolonged droughts and irregular rainfall patterns are now the “new normal”, we should all be doing our best to conserve water. Peas play a part in water conservation because they require less water to grow.
It takes 1,314 liters of water to produce 1 kilo of hulled corn, while it takes just 595 liters of water to produce 1 kilo of green peas, which is an almost 66% reduction in water consumption.
While some crops are water-intensive, such as almonds, or have a moderate level of water usage, such as corn (which is an ingredient of Cheetos🤢), it's undeniable that water can be spent more efficiently on supporting crops like peas. Additionally, you may not even have to water peas yourself since they typically grow during a wetter and cooler period of the year.
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3. Peas are a source of sustainable protein
In order to meet the Paris Climate Agreement goals, the world needs to urgently shift away from animal-based protein. One cup of peas amounts to nearly 8 grams of protein, and it has lower environmental burdens than beef protein.
And today, with roughly 9 kilograms of beef being consumed every day, resulting in 0.8 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents, a significant portion of our individual consumer emissions are coming from meat-heavy diets.
In fact, “if Europeans and North Americans were to forgo eating beef, they would cut 1.2 tons and 3.3 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents, respectively.”
Livestock farming also worsens soil erosion, produces greenhouse gasses such as methane, and livestock waste pollutes waterways.
Peas can contribute to the sustainable protein transition by providing a reliable source of protein to the world without worsening the climate crisis, while also improving soil health and preserving water.
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Mr. Secretary, we want you to ~peas~ take this climate idea seriously. We believe that peas deserve more funding since not only are they a delicious choice in tasty snacks like PeaTos, but they offer a host of environmental benefits. When it comes to snacks like Cheetos, we're not trying to play the blame game, but let's be real – their overreliance on corn doesn't quite measure up to the eco-friendly awesomeness that peas bring to the table (and let's face it, corn-based snacks can be a snooze for adventurous taste buds). It’s time to give peas the agricultural subsidy funding they deserve! If you would like to learn more about the emission impact differences for products like ours, check out this timely NY Times article on the subject below!

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  • Sarah Chabane

    39 w

    Very important, let's put our money into commodities that have a positive impact on health and the planet

    • Kevin

      39 w

      Food security needs to be guaranteed for all

      • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

        40 w

        Peas and other sustainable crops should be embraced by governments to ensure food security

        • johnte ndeto

          40 w

          Investing in peas and similar crops is a step in the right direction towards a more sustainable and food-secure future.

          • Princess

            40 w

            By supporting pea cultivation through subsidies, we can encourage sustainable farming practices, boost food security, and promote healthier diets.

            • Munene Mugambi

              40 w

              The government seems to think, more subsidies for oil and less for food

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