In scope of TRUE´s Work Package 3 activities, the idea to develop a healthy snack based on lentil, a well-adapted legume grain produced in Spain, Germany and other European countries, and that offers great health benefits, was born. Given its nutritional attributes, and processing properties, we considered important to promote lentil consumption in Portugal.
Report from a workshop on a sustainability model to link the multiple dimensions (environment, economy, society) across five nodes (producer, processor, transport, retailer & consumer) of legume based value chains.
With the different dietary alternatives based solely on plant protein and nutrients, it is important to gather information on seeds composition, allowing each person to tailor the elements of their diet according to their needs.
The development of sustainability indicators for assessment of legume-based systems in Europe should follow the conceptual model of information and knowledge through the legume quality chain. A suite of indicators covering environmental, economic and policy pillars, as well as their interactions (bearability, viability and equitability), should be developed for each node in the quality chain.
The Economic workpackage searches for answers how to ensure equilibrium between supply (farmers) and demand (consumers), while keeping an eye on the impact on other aspects such as trade and environment.