Animal vs Vegetable protein prices

New report suggests plant-based products are on average 38% more expensive than animal-based equivalents despite higher meat prices

HALIFAX, N.S. (April 28, 2022) – Over the last few years, many have claimed that plant-based products are typically more expensive than regular meat products. But meat prices have gone up significantly over the same time period. This past year, pork, chicken, beef, and other meat products have increased significantly. The Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University, in partnership with BetterCart Analytics, compared prices of animal protein-based products with available vegetable-protein analogs, also known as plant-based alternatives.

Media Contacts

Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, Director Agri-Food Analytics Lab,
Dalhousie University

Dr. Melanie Morrison, President and CEO BetterCart Analytics
BetterCart Analytics

Janet Music, Research Program Coordinator
Agri-Food Analytics Lab,
Dalhousie University

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