'Protein Paradoxes'-Workshop: Scenarios for legume protein in European agricultural systems

Date: 1-2. October 2020

Location: Leibniz Association, Chausseestraße 111, 10115 Berlin

The fifth 'Protein Paradoxes' Workshop is organised by the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF).

European Union devotes only 3% of its arable land to protein crops and imports more than 75% of its vegetable protein supply, mainly from Brazil, Argentina and the United States (European Parliament 2018). Changes in international trade and diets affect global protein markets, environmental quality and biodiversity conservation, and the management of agricultural systems. Diversified crop management could help farmers adapt to social, economic and environmental changes and mitigate the impact of climate change. Grain legumes e.g. pea, faba bean, lupin, soybean and other legumes are used for a wide range of food and feed products and support the needed crop diversification. Diversification with grain legumes could reduce fertilizer and pesticide use and increase domestic plant protein production and consumption in Europe. Besides, legumes could improve the resilience of European farming systems to the socio-economic and climatic variability, enhance biodiversity and ecosystem services, and contribute to novel food systems.

The workshop aims to develop a set of novel future scenarios for better-utilizing grain legumes with a focus on food systems in Europe by addressing the following questions:

  • What impact do change consumption patterns have on grain legume production?
  • How does climate change affect future protein supply?
  • How does global protein demand change resulting from continuous population growth?

Based on the developed scenarios a scientific publication will be developed and all participants are invited to contribute.


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Contact: legume-workshop(at)zalf.de
Leibniz Research Alliance "Food and Nutrition"