The Center for Plant Diversity is home to our experimental legumes for the TRUE Project. Through our bean tour, we share updates on the progress of the trials in the fields and how we hope they will contribute to AgriKulti's overall goals.
Recent years have seen an increase in meat consumption per capita in developing countries and a new trend in reducing meat consumption in industrialized countries. Decreasing meat consumption needs to be replaced by a high-protein diet based on plant proteins, resulting in a growing market for new products, a major source of protein-rich foods being legumes. Yellow pea is a power-packed protein source that is allergen-free and gluten-free for vegetarian, vegan and health-conscious consumers.
Legume proteins are not only of high quantity but also have a very balanced amino acid profile, possibly making them suited to replace fishmeal, which is an unsustainable resource, and/or soybean (mostly imported and GMO) in the diets for fish in aquaculture. Our case study aims to provide well-balanced, healthy feed formulations for regional aquaculture facilities that are mainly originating from organic, sustainable and local resources.
In Hungarian folk tales, the bean is always an auspicious sign. In one of our most famous tales, the bean becomes a tree so high that the hero, just a little boy at the start of his climb, has become an adult by the time he reaches the top. Thus, the bean in the Hungarian tradition often symbolises development, self-knowledge, maturity and connecting with our innermost secrets. But what on earth does this have to do with TRUE and our pulse project?