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Plant ingredients are everywhere – your breakfast smoothie, makeup, the drugs you get from the pharmacy. They may even be in the diet food you feed your overweight pets. The protein, fibre and starch components from crops like lentils, peas and beans are a potential goldmine for the Prairies. But what do we need to do to make this happen? When life gives you lentils…

In the first part of the show, host Naomi Christensen talks to Chris Chivilo, President & CEO of W.A. Grain & Pulse Solutions to hear a first-hand account from the frontier of this new industry.

In the second half of the show, Naomi talks to Canada West Foundation policy analyst Sarah Pittman and fellow co-author of our new report, Sprouted: The plant ingredient opportunity taking root on the Prairies. They talk about what the heck plant ingredients are, where we can find them (hint, pretty much anywhere!) and why they have the potential to be so lucrative for Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Host: Naomi Christensen, senior policy analyst, Canada West Foundation
Guests: Chris Chivilo, President & CEO, W.A. Grain & Pulse Solutions; Sarah Pittman, policy analyst, Canada West Foundation