Good for a sustainable ecosystem and climate

Deforestation-free
products

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A substitute for soy with far-reaching positive effects on the environment

  • Many food products (and feedstuffs) contain climate-damaging soy products (fire clearing, transportation, etc.).
  • In soy cultivation, parts of the rainforest are continuously cleared, with corresponding adverse effects on the climate.
  • The domestic fava bean exclusively uses existing farmland and is integrated into the natural crop rotation.

Biodiversity
and soil health

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The cultivation of local fava beans improves biodiversity, soil health and groundwater quality.

  • Nitrogen fertilisation is unnecessary because the fava bean symbiotically converts air-nitrogen into soil-available nitrogen. The excess atmospheric nitrogen bound by the plant improves soil fertility for the following crop, resulting in the reduced need for fertilisation.
  • Reduced nitrogen fertilization. This lowers the undesirable amount of nitrate in groundwater.
  • Herbicides are also unnecessary, because the dense leaves of the field bean naturally fight weed.
  • The fava bean plant provides food (nectar) and protected habitat (uncontaminated by pesticides) for insects.
  • Ploughless cultivation is possible: support for a natural soil structure.
  • The crushed plant is brought back to the soil forming humus during the bean harvest.

Carbon dioxide
and more

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The fava bean is climate friendly

  • Less nitrogen fertilisation means approx. 1,600 kg less climate-damaging gases per hectare (CO2 and nitrous oxide).

  • Replacing soy with the regional fava bean means less deforestation of rainforests, which is important for the climate, and less transportation.

  • Compared to a typical mineral fertiliser-based crop rotation, a leguminous-based crop rotation can reduce the emission of greenhouse gases by more than 50%. With only 0,3 Kg CO2 per Kg the fava bean belongs to the foods with the by far lowes  CO2 footprints. (see statistics).

Population growth
Resource efficiency of nutrition
  • Growing population worldwide

  • Exponential growth in demand for animal protein

  • In order to produce 1 kg of animal protein, 3-10 kg of vegetable protein is needed

Feeding 10 billion people requires
a transformation of eating habits
  • Europe & America
    Reduction of meat

  • East Asia
    Reduction of fish

  • Africa
    Reduction of starchy fruits

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