Sunflower Chips: example of sustainable food for school

Reading this article, you will learn What sustainability is, What is sustainable food and find Sunflower chips as a perfect example of sustainable food to bring to school. You will learn about sunflower seeds nutrition, what is sunflower meal and get inspirational sunflower quote.

What is sustainability?

In short, sustainability means that the things can keep going and sustain themselves. 

UCLA: “Sustainable development is a development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Image credit:  Kenosha County

Image credit: Kenosha County

What is sustainable food?

Watch this short animated movie explaining sustainability created for RealEyes by Igloo:

Example of sustainable food for school

1/3 of the food wasted. But do you know, that even before you start thinking of wasting food, the manufacturer already dumped half of it? For example, when the oil pressed out from Sunflower seeds, the meal (solid part of the seeds) wasted or fed to cows, still having more protein than beef. Isn't it ridiculous?


What is Sunflower Meal?

The meal is the by-product of the oil extraction process. Oil is the majority value of the seed, and the meal is considered a by-product. Meal used as a livestock feed, primarily for ruminants.

Sunflower Meal contains high-quality protein with all essential amino acids. Sunflower was never genetically modified (NON-GMO) and is Gluten Free. 

Table: Disregarded parts of plants may contain as much protein as beef or chicken breast

Source:  Oil Crop Meals in Beef Cattle Diets , National, Sunflower Association,  USDA Nutritional Database  

Source: Oil Crop Meals in Beef Cattle Diets, National, Sunflower Association, USDA Nutritional Database 

How to make a sustainable food?

PLANETARIANS chips are the first food product made from Sunflower meal as the primary ingredient. 



PLANETARIANS uses extrusion technology to make snacks from Sunflower Meal. 



Extruded snacks contain a comparable amount of protein as animal products:


Health Benefits

Chips made from Sunflower meal have 3x more Protein, 2x more Fiber and 3x less Fat per serving than typical potato chips. 

Environmental benefits

PLANETARIANS approach will not only make more protein available for us to eat, but also reduce pressure on land use and the land footprint of agriculture. That means less green gas emissions, less water used. 

This is your advice from a sunflower: 



Isn’t it a perfect way to feed growing population without growing new crops?


About author:

Aleh Manchuliantsau is a food developer at Previously created and sold over 1 million bottles of nutritionally complete meals. Right now Aleh is working on up-cycling the food waste into tasty and healthy snacks. His goal? To feed a growing population without a need to grow more crops.