Good for ecology and climate


Soy substitute with far-reaching environmentally friendly effects

  • Many food (and feed) products contain climate-damaging soy products (slash-and-burn, transport, etc.)
  • Parts of the rainforest are continuously cleared for soy cultivation, with corresponding effects on the climate.
  • The native field fava bean exclusively uses existing arable land and integrates into the natural crop rotation.
and soil health

Growing native fava beanimproves biodiversity, soil health and groundwater

  • Nitrogen fertilization is not required because fava bean symbiotically converts atmospheric nitrogen to soil-available nitrogen. The excess atmospheric nitrogen bound by the plant improves the soil fertility for the following crop, so that fertilization can be reduced here.
  • Reduced fertilization with nitrogen lowers the undesirable nitrate content of groundwater.
  • Herbicides are also not necessary. The dense foliage of the fava bean naturally controls weeds.
  • The fava beanprovides food (nectar) and protected habitat (unpolluted by pesticides) for insects.
  • Plowless cultivation possible: support for a natural soil structure.
  • The shredded plant is added to the soil for humus formation as early as the bean harvest.
Carbon dioxide
& Co

The fava bean is good for the climate

  • Less nitrogen fertilization means about 1,600 kg per hectare less climate-damaging gases (CO2 and nitrous oxide).
  • Replacing soy with the regional field fava bean means less deforestation of rainforests that are important for the climate and less transportation.
  • Compared to a classical mineral fertilizer-based crop rotation, a legume-based crop rotation can reduce the global warming potential by more than 50%. With only 0.3 kg CO2 per KG, fava bean is one of the foods with by far the smallest CO2 foodprint.
Population growth
Resource efficiency of food
  • Growing world population
  • Exponential growth in demand for animal protein
  • To produce 1 kg of animal protein, it takes
    3-10 kg vegetable protein needed
To feed 10 billion people,
it requires a change in eating habits
  • Europe & America
    Meat reduction
  • East Asia
    Fish reduction
  • Africa
    Reduction of starchy fruits