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  • 01 General

    • What does PURIS do?

      PURIS™ is an end to end non-GMO & Organic plant-based seed, ingredient, and food formulation company known for its great tasting PURIS Pea Protein Isolate. Our 200+ passionate plant strong employees are committed to changing how the world grows makes and eats plant-based foods. Since our founding in 1985, we have produced non-GMO and organic products right here in the U.S.A. That includes the non-GMO seeds we sell to farmers, the certified organic crops we buyback, the highest quality plant-based ingredients and the finished foods we create and help manufacturers bring to market and sell to people around the world. 

    • What does PURIS stand for?

      At PURIS, we believe people should understand where their food comes from and exactly how it’s made. We are a partner to forward-thinking food makers creating the next generation of healthy, delicious and safe plant-based foods made from USDA organic and/or non-GMO project verified ingredients. As consumer tastes change, conventional food makers have struggled to stay relevant. PURIS helps companies dream up new options that fit how consumers think and eat now. After years of “healthy, natural” foods with questionable tastes and dubious histories, people expect to have it all: flavor, nutrition, and peace of mind. That’s why we’re here.

    • What’s the history of the company?

      In 1985, Jerry Lorenzen set out to develop safer, more sustainable food from plants. While other scientists were busy creating bioengineered life in a laboratory, Lorenzen traced innovation back to its origin: the earth. He bred non-GMO seeds to grow high-yielding, disease-resistant crops that left the land better than it started. The resulting crops and ingredients were a nutritious, flavorful and 100% renewable food source. In the early 2000s, the company, then known as World Food Processing, identified yellow field peas as a crucial link in this food chain: a hearty rotational crop that increases farmers’ productivity through double-crop farming systems.

      Today we’re known as PURIS. Our company manufactures a spectrum of non-GMO, plant-based seeds and ingredients made from peas, soybeans, pulses, and lentils. We grow only the highest-quality organic or non-GMO plants using sustainable & regenerative agriculture practices and extract the nutrition from each: protein, starch, fiber and make those nutritious plants into regenerative ingredients and food. By going beyond protein to embrace every part of the plant, we squeeze more goodness out of everything we grow. That means less waste and environmental impact and lower costs to produce great plant-based foods. Learn more about our story here

    • Where is PURIS headed?

      Our aspiration is to build a world where growers, food companies and consumers are united in common cause to build a more sustainable and regenerative food system. We are creating opportunities that lead the world away from unhealthy and sometimes unintended impacts toward a naturally-strong future for everyone. That means empowering millions of people to rely on renewable sources of plant protein and other nutrition. It means fueling successful growers whose regenerative practices feed the health of the land, and helping food makers delight their customers with amazing new plant-based foods that check all the boxes. That’s the world we’re building every day.

    • Where does PURIS operate?

      100% of our process happens here in the USA. Our company currently operates six facilities across the Midwestern United States. As the demand for great tasting plant-based proteins surges, we are growing rapidly to keep up.

      Minneapolis, MN – The PURIS Plant-Based Creation Lab is a hub of people fanatical about plant-based foods working in research and development, sales, marketing, and other functions.

      Oskaloosa, IA – Our first facility opened in 1999 as World Food Processing, built to process soybeans. The plant has experienced significant expansion in operations and has transitioned to pea cleaning, conditioning, and flour milling. PURIS peas are sourced from farmers across the United States and processed into flour at our Oskaloosa facility. From Oskaloosa, our pea flour is sent to our production facility in Turtle Lake, WI.

      Turtle Lake, WI – The Home of the invention of PURIS Pea Protein! Here, our team turns non-GMO and organic pea flour into Non-GMO Project Verified and USDA Certified Organic pea protein, starch, fiber, and flours. PURIS purchased the Turtle Lake facility in 2011, but its history dates back to the early 1900s. PURIS has completely retrofit a historic dairy plant into a next-generation plant protein processing facility restoring life and jobs for the future of families in northern Wisconsin. Read more about the history of Turtle Lake here.

      Randolph, MN – Built in 2008, our Minnesota facility is where we clean and condition organic and non-GMO soybeans. This production facility purchases soybeans grown by PURIS farmers around the Midwest and packages and ships them to customers in the U.S., Japan, and Korea. 

      Wilmington, IL – Our 100% non-GMO soy cleaning and conditioning facility in Illinois was built in 2018. Here we purchase soybeans grown by PURIS’ farmers around the Midwest, which are then packaged and shipped to customers in North America and Asia. 

      Harrold, SD – PURIS’ newest facility purchased in December of 2018. There is where we will process yellow field pea seed that we will supply to PURIS farmers across the United States to grow and then purchased back by PURIS to make into PURIS Pea Protein, PURIS Pea Starch and PURIS Pea Fiber. Those Organic and non-GMO ingredients are then turned into great tasting plant-based foods on grocery shelves across the country. 

      Interested in joining our team, apply here.

    • What is a vertically integrated supply chain?

      Vertical integration is when a company controls every step of its production process. That’s one of our core strengths and what makes PURIS different than almost every other ingredient company. Our supply chain encompasses every step: from the non-GMO seed genetics to the crops we grow with our partners, to great tasting ingredients used to design the foods of the future. This allows our customers to know where their food comes from, the journey it travels and ultimately the ability to share that journey with their consumers. 


    • How does this supply chain work?

      First, PURIS develops yellow field pea seeds that work for the unique conditions of our partner farmers. Seeds are then sold through contracts with our U.S. growers to cultivate and harvest our yellow peas. Once harvested, the peas are transported to our facilities where they are turned into plant-based ingredients —including organic or non-GMO Pea protein, starch, fiber and more—all of which are used to create plant-based foods. This system allows PURIS to control everything that happens in the life cycle of our foods and to trace every ingredient back to the original source, to a farmer's field. When you work with PURIS, you are supporting U.S. farmers and U.S. manufacturing, with no mysterious middlemen, unknown sources or unsafe processes.

    • What are your certifications?

      USDA Certified Organic

      PURIS products, including pea protein, pea starch, pea fiber, and pulse flours, are offered as Certified Organic plant-based ingredients crafted from Certified Organic crops grown and processed in the U.S. according to federal organic guidelines. Organic growers rely on natural substances as well as physical, mechanical, or biologically based farming methods to the produce these crops. Organic certification requires that our growers and manufacturing facilities pass third-party inspections every year to ensure compliance with organic standards. Today, USDA Certified Organic does not always mean grown or even made in the USA. But with PURIS, you don’t have to wonder. Our USDA Certified products are grown and made in the USA and not in China. Read more in our True Organic blog series. 

      Non-GMO Project Verified

      Non-GMO Project Verified certification ensures the non-GMO claims on our ingredients are backed up by the best non-GMO practices throughout the supply chain. The certification standards require PURIS to meet stringent GMO segregation and traceability requirements. Our manufacturing processes and agricultural supply chain must pass rigorous reviews ensuring we avoid any contamination. Learn more about PURIS Non-GMO Project Verified products.

      Kosher

      PURIS Certified Kosher products meet the strict policy of kosher food laws, including cleanliness, purity, and quality. PURIS does not process any high-risk ingredients that are regulated under the Kosher standard.

      Halal

      Halal certification ensures that the raw materials, processing aid ingredients, processing, sanitation chemicals, and packaging used to produce the products meet Islamic dietary requirements. PURIS products carrying this certification and our manufacturing facilities are certified Halal compliant. 

      Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) 

      At PURIS, we pride ourselves on the safety of our ingredients. To accomplish this, PURIS maintains certification under one of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification programs. Currently, PURIS holds SQF Food Safety Program (formerly SQF Level II) certification at our protein processing facility in Wisconsin and SQF Food Fundamentals (formerly SQF Level I) at our pea cleaning/milling facility in Iowa. PURIS is transitioning from SQF Food Safety Program to SQF Food Quality Program at Turtle Lake and SQF Food Safety Program for the milling facility. For a copy of our SQF Certificate, rd@purisfoods.com

      If you have any questions regarding any of our certifications shoot us an email at rd@purisfoods.com

    • What is your stance on food safety?

      In matters of food safety, we believe no risk is acceptable. So we don’t take chances. PURIS abides by all U.S. Safe Food regulations and has elected to follow the Safe Quality Food (SQF) System as our company framework, which uses the latest technologies to advance food safety. This responsibility is summed up in our Quality Policy Statement: 

      "We the employees of PURIS™ are committed to processing safe and quality food products by maintaining a certified and effective SQF system. We will satisfy regulatory and customer expectations using the latest technology, strictly following Good Manufacturing Practices and policies while maintaining a very sanitary environment. Our commitment is to understand, meet and, whenever possible, exceed our customers’ requirements through continuous improvement of our processes. We are dedicated to delivering conventional/Organic-Non-Genetically Modified products on time at the most competitive cost possible."

    • What is your relationship with all stakeholders involved with PURIS?

      PURIS holds partnerships across the spectrum of the non-GMO and organic plant-based food system here in the USA and abroad. This partnership begins with over 400 USA pea farmers and over 300 USA soy farmers. We’ve partnered with rural communities across America’s heartland by providing over 200 jobs and counting. We have partners who’ve invested in our plant-based food journey, from Charles Chang the founder of Vega to Cargill, one of the largest agricultural companies in the world.

      PURIS operates a few businesses including our soy and pea seed business our soy and pea origination and merchandising business and our Joint Venture with Cargill around our pea protein manufacturing business.

      Our partnership does not stop at making and selling ingredients. One of PURIS’ favorite capabilities is our product design and food innovation team. We are partnering with CPG and entrepreneurs to create new ways to provide food nutrition all powered by plants. Click here to learn more about PURIS’ product design capabilities.  

    • Can I find your products in stores?

      We support some of your favorite brands by supplying them with our plant-based ingredients. If you see pea protein on the label, there is a good chance it’s made by PURIS. In fact, if a food maker sources their pea protein from anywhere but the U.S., PURIS is NOT their source. We do not sell products directly to consumers at this time. However, if you are interested in purchasing PURIS ingredients for baking, cooking or home use, sign up for updates on the homepage and you’ll be the first to know when they’re available. 

    • How can I get samples?

      Interested in samples for benchtop work? We’re here to help. Fill out this form and tell us what you’re working on so we can send you the right ingredients.  

    • How can I grow for PURIS?

      Farmers interested in growing non-GMO soybeans, organic soybeans, non-GMO peas or organic peas for PURIS, fill out this form or reach us at seed@purisfoods.com. We will be in touch with you soon. 

  • 02 PURIS Products

    • What are your products made of?

      PURIS produces a full spectrum of ORGANIC & NON-GMO PLANT PROTEINSORGANIC & NON-GMO STARCHES and ORGANIC & NON-GMO FIBERS derived from yellow field peas. In spite of their modest appearance, yellow field peas boost nutrition in abundance, containing protein, starch, fiber and only a small fraction of fat (about 1%). Peas are the backbone of our products, we simply separate their nutritional components (protein, starch, and fiber) so you have a neutral canvas for the foundation of a wide spectrum of finished foods.

    • Why is protein so important?

      Simply put, proteins and the amino acids that form them are the building blocks of life on earth. Proteins aid the creation and repair of cells in our bodies and play a key role in muscle and bone development, skin health, and blood transport. Your body creates proteins and about half of the amino acids found in each of us but is not able to create them all. The body is incapable of storing excess amino acids for later use requiring us to get the rest of the amino acids we need through eating protein-rich foods—like PURIS plant-based ingredients.

    • Why is pea protein the right choice for my customers?

      Whether you are a food maker creating a protein-forward product or someone looking for a healthy organic protein source to fuel your life, PURIS Pea Protein checks all the boxes. Our high-quality pea protein isolate is plant-based, Organic or non-GMO and free from all major allergens as declared by the FDA. Protein sourced from peas is not only great for your health (contains essential amino acids), but better for the world. By choosing PURIS pea protein, you are helping to create a renewable food system that gives more to the earth than it takes. 

    • Why is important to source pea protein from the U.S.?

      PURIS works with a network of U.S. farmers to leave no question about where our organic pea protein comes from. Choosing locally sourced pea protein not only ensures product safety, but it also gives consumers the transparency they deserve. We protect domestic farmer’s livelihoods and the integrity of Certified Organic by building a safe and sustainable organic food system here in the USA. Read more about this on our blog

    • What makes PURIS pea protein the cleanest pea protein?

      PURIS Pea Protein is the cleanest pea protein on the market. Confusing claims about what’s “clean” can make it hard to understand this movement. So here’s the scoop: The Clean Label Project has uncovered that many plant proteins contain heavy metals, a result of metals in the soil as well as processing conditions where some proteins are manufactured, typically outside the US. PURIS has always delivered ultra-clean-tasting products with the lowest levels of heavy metals on the marketplace and is committed to sourcing only from the US starting with our own seed sold to a base of over 400 US farmer This unique supply chain allows us transparency through the entire supply chain. Learn more about heavy metals on our blog.

    • Is PURIS Pea Protein a complete protein?

      100% YES! Our Certified Organic Pea Protein and Non-GMO Pea Protein contain all ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS. You may have heard claims that all plant proteins are "incomplete" and humans can't survive on a plant-based diet. That’s not true. Pea protein is an excellent way to get all of your essential amino acids. It’s good for people and all life on earth. 

    • Is your protein an isolate or a concentrate?

      PURIS™ Certified Organic Pea Protein and Non-GMO Pea Protein are isolates that can be labeled as Pea Protein. We do NOT make or sell any pea protein concentrates. Our extraction process uses water and mechanical separations to purify the protein, starch, and fiber. While the industry may refer to this process as protein isolation, the ingredient is labeled as a "Pea Protein". Using water for protein isolation enables PURIS to create "Ready-to-Eat" pea protein (the kind found in protein shakes) that is de-flavored and purified to over 80% protein content, while also producing purified co-products like Organic starch or non-GMO starch and Organic pea hull fiber and non-GMO pea full fiber. There is a downside to this process, namely the amount of water required. PURIS has found a solution to this problem by investing in water recovery processes that gives clean water back to the environment. 

    • What is the protein content in PURIS Pea Protein?

      Through our proprietary wet protein separation process, we produce high-quality organic pea protein and Non-GMO Project Verified pea protein that contains over 80% protein on a "dry-matter basis" and 77% protein on an "as-is" basis.

    • Do you sell other plant-based proteins?

      Yes. If you are interested in a sample of PURIS Fava Protein, or if you have any questions about our products, send us an email at info@purisfoods.com.

    • How can I use PURIS Starch?

      The possibilities are endless. PURIS Certified Organic Pea Starch and Non-GMO Pea Starch works in any application that would use native organic starch or non-GMO starch: great for baking, thickeners for soups, sauces, gravies, extruded applications, meat analogs, beverage rheology modification and dairy stabilization to name a few. PURIS Pea Starch is a great organic starch and non-GMO Project Verified starch choice. It has unique gelling properties ideal for confectionery applications such as gummies and chews and is a great tapioca starch replacement. It’s also a clean label, allergen friendly and very economical. If you’re looking to cut costs with gum replacements and clean up your label to remove xanthan gum, PURIS is the answer. In addition, our pea starch is a great corn starch replacement or tapioca starch alternative. And the best part: it’s grown and sourced in the U.S., so the ingredients are traceable right back to the farm.  

    • How is PURIS Starch different?

      PURIS Pea starch is a native non-GMO starch or native organic starch, meaning it is not modified physically or chemically. PURIS Pea Starch is high in amylose which means it has a linear structure. This linear structure provides excellent stability under low pH, high temperature and high shear conditions. PURIS pea starch has a high gel strength with short texture and medium granule size. Plus, PURIS Pea Starch is not only good for you, but it also helps regenerate the earth and helps our farmers build a better food future through regenerative agriculture. 

    • What is the starch content?
    • Is your starch available in non-GMO or organic?

      Yes. PURIS Starch is available in non-GMO starch (Non-GMO Project Verified starch) or Organic Starch (USDA Certified Organic pea starch). To learn more about our certifications, email us at info@purisfoods.com.

    • What is your standard COA?

      With the help of a third-party laboratory, you can expect our PURIS Pea Protein and Pea Starch to be tested for the following.

       

      PURIS Certified Organic Pea Protein and Non-GMO Pea Protein:

      Aerobic Plate Count (APC)

      E. Coli

      Coliforms

      Yeast & Mold

      Salmonella

      % Moisture

      % Protein

      pH

      Gluten Allergen

      For a copy of our template COA, contact qualitydocs@purisfoods.com

       

      PURIS Certified Organic Pea Starch and Non-GMO Pea Starch:

      Aerobic Plate Count (APC)

      E. Coli

      Coliforms

      Yeast & Mold

      Salmonella

      % Moisture

      % Protein

      For a copy of our template COA, contact qualitydocs@purisfoods.com

    • Does PURIS Pea Hull Fiber meet the FDA standard for a dietary fiber?

      Yes. PURIS Pea Hull Fiber meets the definition of an intrinsic and intact non-digestible carbohydrate. Pea hull fiber comes from the outer coating of the seed (AKA the hull). This hull is then milled to a powder to create PURIS Pea Hull Fiber. Click here for the FDA Rules.

    • What certifications does PURIS have?

      USDA Certified Organic (NOP & EU equivalent)

      PURIS products, including pea protein, pea starch, pea fiber, and pulse flours, are provided as Certified Organic plant-based ingredients crafted from Certified Organic crops grown and processed in the U.S. according to federal organic guidelines. Organic growers rely on natural substances as well as physical, mechanical, or biologically based farming methods to the produce these crops. Organic certification requires that our growers and manufacturing facilities pass third-party inspections every year to ensure compliance with organic standards. Today, USDA Certified Organic does not always mean grown or even made in the USA. But with PURIS, you don’t have to wonder. Our USDA Certified products are grown and made in the USA and not in China. Read more in our True Organic blog series. 

      Non-GMO Project Verified

      Non-GMO Project Verified certification ensures the non-GMO claims on our ingredients are backed up by best non-GMO practices throughout the supply chain. The certification standards require PURIS to meet stringent GMO segregation and traceability requirements. Our manufacturing processes and agricultural supply chain must pass rigorous reviews ensuring we avoid any contamination. Learn more about PURIS Non-GMO Project Verified products.

      Kosher

      PURIS Certified Kosher products meet the strict policy of kosher food laws, including cleanliness, purity, and quality. PURIS does not process any high-risk ingredients that are regulated under the Kosher standard.

      Halal

      Halal certification ensures that the raw materials, processing aid ingredients, processing, sanitation chemicals, and packaging used to produce the products meet Islamic dietary requirements. PURIS products carrying this certification and our manufacturing facilities are certified Halal compliant. 

      Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) 

      At PURIS, we pride ourselves on the safety of our ingredients. To accomplish this, PURIS maintains certification under one of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification programs. Currently, PURIS holds SQF Food Safety Program (formerly SQF Level II) certification at our protein processing facility in Wisconsin and SQF Food Fundamentals (formerly SQF Level I) at our pea cleaning/milling facility in Iowa. PURIS is transitioning from SQF Food Safety Program to SQF Food Quality Program at Turtle Lake and SQF Food Safety Program for the milling facility. For a copy of our SQF Certificate, rd@purisfoods.com

      If you have any questions regarding any of our certifications shoot us an email at rd@purisfoods.com

    • Can PURIS help me build my next product or benchtop application?

      We would be delighted to help. Our team of experts can help you create the foods of the future, powered by plants. Click here or contact us at info@pruisfoods.com to see how we can work together.

    • How do I get samples?

      Easy: Click here

    • What makes PURIS Pea Protein better than other plant-based protein?

      In short: PURIS™ PEA PROTEIN is great tasting nutrition you can trust.  Made with organic, non-GMO ingredients grown in the U.S.A., PURIS delivers everything you want in food and nothing you don’t. Our pea protein is produced without solvents such as hexane, commonly used in extraction processes for protein powders. Our peas are rich in essential amino acids, particularly branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), which have the potential to aid in maintaining muscle, decreasing fat, and keeping you feeling full longer. Naturally gluten-free and allergen friendly, both our organic pea protein and non-GMO pea protein check all the boxes. In addition to its healthful properties, PURIS Pea Protein has a satisfying neutral taste and pleasing texture that’s easily incorporated into any recipe. Finally, at 80% protein content, PURIS Pea Protein is a great way to get high quality protein into any new food application.

  • 03 Plant-Based Foods

    • How is plant-based protein different than animal protein?

      Plant-based proteins are a highly sustainable protein choice compared to animal proteins, which have a large carbon and water footprint. 1 Using PURIS plant-based pea protein puts you on track to dramatically lower your food-related water footprint. 

      Yellow field peas grow well in temperate climates and during warm times of the year, requiring less water than other crops to thrive. The adaptable nature of the yellow field peas makes it easier for farmers to grow and it is less reliant on scarce resources. 

      Pea plants also give more to than they taking, adding nitrogen to the soil. Field peas benefit from "nitrogen fixation," a symbiotic relationship between the pea's root system, nitrogen in the air, and bacteria to the soil. Bacteria converts nitrogen into fertilizer, creating continuous nourishment for the soil and whatever is planted in it. It is why these peas are used in crop rotations to revitalize land. Pea protein can nourish us while supporting a sustainable food future. 

      1 Mcwilliams, J. (2014). Meat Makes the Planet Thirsty. The New York Times.



    • What is the difference between whey and pea protein?

      Whey is an animal protein originating as a byproduct of the cheese-making process. Protein derived from whey contains higher levels of sugar, which influences the total calories per serving in whey protein supplements. PURIS™ Pea Protein offers 18 amino acids, exceeding some of the amino acid content of whey protein. The most significant difference observed is arginine, with PURIS Pea Protein offering ten times the amount compared to whey protein 80 concentrates. Arginine aids blood flow activates the release of growth hormone and relaxes arteries. 1 Whey may not be suitable for eaters with dairy allergies or sensitivities, or those who live a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. If you are choosing plant-based but wish it tasted smooth like whey or milk protein -  PURIS Pea Protein is the product to buy.

      1 Evoy, D., Lieberman, M. D., Fahey III, T. J., & Daly, J. M. (1998). Immunonutrition: the role of arginine. Nutrition, 14(7-8), 611-617.

    • What is Certified Organic?

      While USDA organic certification does not guarantee that an ingredient or product is made in the U.S., products carrying the USDA Certified Organic label must be grown and processed according to clear-cut standards, including:   

      • Grown on land that has not been treated with unapproved pesticides, herbicides, chemicals or synthetic substances for more than three years (the transition period).

      • No use of GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) seed.

      • Utilizing crop rotation, cover crops, tillage, and approved fertilizers to maintain soil health.

      • Processed without non-approved organic food aides.

      • Not commingled with the non-organic product.

      Unfortunately, there is no test to verify that a given food is organic. Instead, the USDA standard relies on verification, transparency, and integrity throughout the supply chain. Ensuring consumers get what they’re paying for takes commitment and rigor from everyone who touches the food at every step of the process.

      That’s where PURIS™ leads. Our end-to-end sustainable food system ensures a wholesome journey from seed to solution for Certified Organic foods. From protein shakes to snacks to cereals, organic foods made with PURIS™ ingredients deliver naturally appealing flavor, abundant nutrition, and the peace of mind that comes with responsible practices. 

    • What is the difference between non-GMO and organic?

      GMO” stands for “genetically modified organisms”: plants or other organisms created in a laboratory using genetic modification and/or engineering techniques. The process involves removing a piece of the DNA from a plant and replacing it with a “recombined” gene from a different organism. If you see the “Non-GMO Project Verified” logo, that means a product is certified to be free of GMO contamination. PURIS™ products are Non-GMO Project Verified as are some of our production facilities. It is good to note that there are no commercially available GMO peas, so peas are naturally non-GMO. 

    • What is GMO vs non-GMO?

      Non-GMO” means an organism is NOT genetically modified. At some point in its background, a GMO is engineered in a lab using DNA from a different species to change its traits. By contrast, Non-GMOs are bred the old-fashioned way: two of the same species produce offspring of the same species, nurtured carefully over generations for desirable traits. All PURIS products are Non-GMO. 

    • What is Non-GMO Project Verified?

      When you see the “Non-GMO Project Verified” logo, that means a third party certifies the product is produced in an environment free GMO contamination. PURIS products are Non-GMO Project Verified as are some of our production facilities. This certification ensures the non-GMO claims on our ingredients are backed up by the best non-GMO processes throughout the supply chain, including meeting stringent segregation and trace-ability requirements. As a transparency pioneer, all PURIS products are non-GMO. 

    • What’s wrong with GMOs?

      Genetic modification creates organisms with specific traits. For most GMO crops, those engineered traits are 1) Herbicide Resistance and 2) Pesticide Resistance. Herbicides are chemicals used to kill weeds, one of the most frequently used includes glyphosate. Pesticides kill off insects that can destroy crops. The most common pesticide is Bacillus thuringiensis or "Bt."

      By planting GMO seeds that are resistant to herbicide and pesticide, farmers can use these chemicals on their fields without harming their crops. This arrangement may have serious downsides. The widespread use of glyphosate, a common herbicide, has led to “superweeds” that are resistant to it, more than 14 weed varieties and counting according to the USDA. This has resulted in the use even more herbicide, nearly 300 million pounds sprayed on U.S. crops annually. The World Health Organization and the state of California label glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen (cancer-causing substance). While there us a debate about the risks and the potentially long term effects to using herbicides and pesticides on crops, PURIS believes that people should have a choice when it comes to consuming non-GMO in their food. PURIS is proud to provide the choice when it comes to consuming or not-consuming GMO's and USDA Organics. 

    • What is your stance on GMOs?

      While the long-term effects of GMOs are debated, we believe it is important to provide choices for our customers and consumers that are sustainable, regenerative and either organic or non-GMO. All of these choices that PURIS provides are grown and produced in the USA.  

    • Why does knowing where our food comes from matter?

      Food is the foundation of our health. We and our loved ones deserve good information about where the food we eat comes from and how it’s made. We call this "food's journey". That is why at PURIS, we're transparent every step of the way, from the seed the farmers plant, to how and where they grow it, to where it is processed. Knowing where your food comes from means having a choice. Just as it feeds our bodies, food should also feed our peace of mind. That’s what we’re all about.

    • Why should I shop organic?

      If you wish to avoid GMOs, pesticides, herbicides, and other synthetic materials in what you eat, organic is the answer. Recent studies have found that, compared to conventionally grown foods, some organic foods promote more antioxidant activity and antimutagenic activity, both of can help suppress cancerous cell growth (1). But human health is only part of the story. Buying organic supports sustainable growing practices that improve soil, water and air quality for future generations. Organic is an investment in a healthier today and a healthier tomorrow.

      1 Olsson M., Andersson C., Oresson, S., Berglund, R., Gustavsson, K. (2006). Antioxidant levels and inhibition of cancer cell proliferation in vitro by extracts from organically and conventionally cultivated strawberries. J Argic Food Chem. 54(4):1248-55.

    • Which diet is best for me? How does PURIS fit in?

      There is no one-size-fits-all plan for how we feed ourselves. People’s lives and tastes differ, and no single solution works for everyone. But there is a growing consensus that a diet consisting of mainly organic plants is good for our health: closely linked to greater longevity and decreased the risk of chronic disease.4 Our plant-based foods are a delicious way to enjoy these benefits, regardless of your specific diet. Here’s a rundown of popular diets and how PURIS fits in.

      Gluten-Free: The gluten-free diet has gained traction in the last few decades with the rise of gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivities. A gluten-free diet may include fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, seafood, dairy, beans, legumes, and nuts while avoiding the intake of gluten-containing foods or grains.1 Clean label PURIS foods are naturally gluten-free.

      The Ketogenic Diet: The "Keto" diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet. The goal is to eat foods that induce ketosis, a normal metabolic process where the body breaks down consumed and stored body fat into substances called ketones. Once in ketosis, the body relies on fat for energy instead of sugar.6 Products derived from peas, such as PURIS Pea, contain lower levels of sugar and carbohydrates and are a good addition to the Keto diet. PURIS is developing Keto-approved products at our plant-based food creation lab that provide all the amino acids needed for muscle repair, fullness, and recovery.

      Mediterranean Diet: The Mediterranean Diet consists of common foods consumed in Mediterranean countries, emphasizing fruits, vegetables, legumes (beans and peas), whole grains, nuts, and seeds. As a protein derived from peas, PURIS products offer a wide array of options to eaters on a Mediterranean diet. Mediterranean eating has been closely associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.5

      The Paleo Diet: The Paleo Diet incorporates foods thought to be consumed by our Stone Age ancestors, eliminating processed foods and focusing on vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, eggs, and lean meat.2 Peas have been a staple in human diets around the world for as many as 46,000 years. Plant protein is an excellent addition to paleo diets, effectively adding versatility and nutrition.

      Vegetarian: Vegetarians eat mainly plant-based foods, but may include dairy and eggs in their diet. A properly planned vegetarian diet provides many health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.3 There are a plethora of PURIS protein sources available for plant-based eaters.

      Vegan: The Vegan Diet excludes all animal products including meat, eggs, and dairy. Vegan diets tend to be high in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and healthy plant compounds.3 Consuming the recommended daily intake of protein through plants is now easier than ever thanks to protein-rich peas. PURIS is a safe and complete plant-based protein source, combining satisfying flavor, appetizing texture and some of the highest protein of any plant-based food.

      1 Celiac Disease Foundation. Gluten-Free Living. Retrieved from https://celiac.org/gluten-free...

      2 Cordain, L. (2002). The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Food You Were Designed to Eat. New York: J. Wiley, Print.

      3 Craig, W. J., & Mangels, A. R. (2009). Position of the American Dietetic Association: vegetarian diets. Journal of the American dietetic association, 109(7), 1266-1282.

      4 Katz, D. L., & Meller, S. (2014). Can we say what diet is best for health?. Annual review of public health, 35, 83-103.

      5 Trichopoulou A., Bamia C., Trichopoulos D. (2009). Anatomy of health effects of Mediterranean diet: Greek EPIC prospective cohort study. BMJ 338: b2337

      6 Yancy, W. S., Olsen, M. K., Guyton, J. R., Bakst, R. P., & Westman, E. C. (2004). A lowcarbohydrate,ketogenic diet versus a low-fat diet to treat obesity and hyperlipidemia: a randomized, controlled trial. Annals of internal medicine, 140(10), 769-777.

    • How do you get enough protein on a plant-based diet?

      Plant-based foods can absolutely provide enough protein to fuel people’s lives, a fact proven by nutrition experts around the world. Plant-based foods deliver ample protein and other key nutrients without cholesterol, saturated fats, unwanted antibiotics or hormones that may be found in meat. Generally, plant-based eaters consuming a variety of foods exceed their recommended daily protein requirements. Grocery store shelves are full of smart alternatives to animal-based protein sources. PURIS leads the way, delivering everything we want in protein and nothing we don’t.

      The myth that protein from animal products is essential to human performance is being debunked by more and more athletes. Tennis champion Venus Williams, endurance runner Scott Jurek, Olympic great Carl Lewis, and basketball superstar Kyrie Irving defy this assumption and excel on the field and court while crediting a plant-based diet for their performance.

      Some good sources of plant-based protein include:

      • Legumes (peas, beans, lentils, chickpeas)

      • Plant-based milks

      • Broccoli

      • Leafy Greens

      • Chia seeds

      • Hemp seeds

      • Quinoa

      • Nuts

      • Spirulina

      • Brown Rice

      • Nutritional Yeast

      • Oats

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  • 04 Growers

    • Why grow Yellow Field Peas?

      Yellow Field Peas, Psium Sativum, are an edible dry seeded legume (also known as a pulse). Let’s look at the characteristics that make them unique.

      Less water, less work: Unlike green vegetables in your garden, this annual crop is typically harvested in its dry form. Yellow field peas grow well in temperate climates or during warm times of the year and need less water than other crops to thrive. The adaptable nature of the yellow field peas makes it easier for farmers to grow and is less reliant on scarce resources.

      Improving the soil: Field peas benefit from “nitrogen fixation,” a symbiotic relationship between the pea’s root system, nitrogen in the air, and bacteria in the soil. Bacteria converts nitrogen into fertilizer, creating continuous nourishment for the soil and whatever’s planted in it. It’s why these peas are used in crop rotations to revitalize land that’s been depleted by other crops.

      Feed the world: Because it requires less water and thrives without the use of inorganic fertilizers, this crop is an ideal food source for a growing planet. PURIS Pea ingredients can deliver the sustainable nutrition we need to support an estimated 10 billion people by 2050. What other plants can do that?

    • How do I become a PURIS grower?

      The PURIS system is built on partnerships with forward-thinking growers who want to bridge their land to growing consumer demand for organics. We develop personalized contracts to fit the needs of each farm, providing non-GMO PURIS seed and buying back harvested crops. If you are interested in joining our team as a grower, contact us here.  

    • What seeds do you sell?

      Our portfolio of non-GMO soybean and yellow field pea seeds are naturally bred for superior yield and all-around excellence. Our varieties are adapted to the unique conditions of different regions to complement a wide range of value-added farming approaches. 

    • What is a legume?

      A legume is a plant that produces dry fruit contained in a shell or pod. They’re a crop grown for human consumption and livestock foliage. The most common legumes grown in the United States are soybeans, peanuts, pulses, fresh peas, and fresh beans. Legumes contain high amounts of protein, fiber, carbs, and dietary minerals. Since 1985, PURIS has developed superior non-GMO and organic soybean and pea varieties which today are grown in numerous states around the country.  

    • What is a pulse?

      A pulse is a kind of legume with distinctive health benefits: significantly higher in protein and fiber and lower in fat. Common pulses include dry beans, dry peas, chickpeas, and lentils. PURIS has developed a variety of non-GMO and organic yellow field peas that are not only high in protein but provide incredible nitrogen fixating properties that improve soil health. Our network of growers across the country is successfully growing yellow field peas as part of their rotations, nourishing the land as well as people.  

    • What is “regenerative agriculture”?

      Regenerative agriculture means embracing farming practices that support biological processes occurring naturally on earth, as well as supporting the people who work the land. It takes many forms, including pasturing animals, investing in soil health, and treating farmers and workers fairly. Learn more about these practices at the Regenerative Organic Certification website. In an industry facing tough questions about sustainability, we at PURIS believe growers are the solution—and regenerative agriculture is the way. PURIS supports growers looking to incorporate regenerative practices into their production system, collaborating to build a safe and sustainable future for people and our planet. 

    • Why should I farm organic?

      Organic farming means more than eliminating the use of chemical fertilizers and GMOs. It’s a holistic approach to food production that gives people healthy, wholesome options while preserving our natural resources for the future. Practices such as multiple crop rotations and cover crops, manure fertilizers, and soil biology management are central to organic farming. Because it relies on earth’s natural systems to conquer challenges, organic farming is a future-proof, able to adapt even as conditions and our climate change. So farmers can proceed and succeed with less uncertainty.

    • Will PURIS help me transition my farm from conventional to organic?

      Transitioning to organic can seem challenging. But PURIS makes it possible. We provide the seed and support to help you navigate the transition over several seasons. A team of PURIS experts leads you through every step of the process, providing answers and guidance that remove barriers and ensure your success. 

    • Why should I avoid using glyphosate?

      Glyphosate is the main component of many leading chemical herbicides. Herbicides containing glyphosate are commonly used in agriculture but potential side effects to the soil are greatly unknown. Research has demonstrated glyphosate impacts the soil ecosystem and more recently has been highlighted as a potential carcinogen. Consumers are concerned about the unknown impacts and demand a different way. As a PURIS pea grower, you are not allowed to use glyphosate as a desiccant. You are providing the crops consumers are demanding; crops grown without glyphosate and with REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURAL practices that build soil health. These practices not only improve your soil but are ensuring your soil is around to nourish crops for generations to come. 

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