The third Legume Innovation and Networking Workshop of the Atlantic (and Boreal) Region will take place online on Wednesday 3rd March 2021 at 9:30 AM (Dublin time, 10:30 AM CET) as an interactive webinar with the title ”EU-Green Deal mineral-nitrogen fertiliser reductions targets: the central role of legumes". It will be hosted by our Irish member Teagasc.
The Farm to Fork Strategy in the Green Deal aims to lower fertilizer and pesticide use. Legumes can replace fertilizer N on tillage and grassland farms, lowering greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions and improving water quality. This webinar examines prospects for greater legume use in agriculture and obstacles to adoption on farms.
09:30* Greeting (James Humphreys, Teagasc, Ireland)
09:40 Introduction (Pete Ianetta, James Hutton Institute, UK)
09:50 The role of legumes in achieving carbon neutrality for UK agriculture (Bob Rees, Scotland's Rural College, Uk)
11:00 Prospects for organic agriculture in Ireland (Elaine Leavy, Teagasc, Ireland)
11:10 Prospects for legumes in Irish cropping systems (Michael Hennessy, Teagasc, Ireland)
11:20 Prospects for legumes – an industry perspective (with a focus on grassland) (Dave Barry, Goldcrop, Ireland)
11:30 Q&A and panel discussion
The second Legume Innovation and Networking Workshop of the Atlantic (and Boreal) Region took place in Nyborg (Denmark) on Tuesday 7th May 2019. The core theme of the workshop was “Enabling Legume Processing: opportunities and barriers”.
The aim of this one-day-workshop was to bring together a wide range of legume-focused stakeholders from the Northern Europe to share their experience and opinion in identifying ways legumes may empower more sustainable food systems, which is an overarching aim of the TRUE project.
Plant-based foods, vegetarian, climate-friendly and organic are hot topics in European food and agriculture. Did you know that legumes can meet all tese attributes and at the same time, contribute to a natural, local and sustainable agri-food system? Did you know that legumes are a valuable source of proteins for food and feed? Legumes are crops include peas, beans, alfalfa, clover, chickpeas, lentils and lupines – and many more species.
The workshop aimed to answer questions such as:
Representatives from industries, researchers, business and innovation platforms, financial bodies, distributors, suppliers, as well as farmers, and more stakeholders from Europe were present to discuss these topics.
Innovative legume-based products, technologies or applications were showcased.
The first Legume Innovation and Networking Workshop of the Atlantic Region took place on 13th and 14th of December 2017 in Peterborough, UK. It was hosted by the Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO).
TRansition paths to sUstainable legume-based systems in Europe (TRUE) has received funding from the
European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 727973
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