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THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ADOPTS A EUROPEAN STRATEGY FOR THE PROMOTION OF PROTEIN CROPS

CATEGORY: Policy

Frédéric Muel, Project Coordinator of LEGVALUE, the European research programme promoting sustainable agricultural systems in the EU, comments that the European Parliament has adopted a resolution on a European strategy for the promotion of protein crops encouraging the production of protein and leguminous plants in the European agriculture sector.

Parliament proposed to implement a major European strategic plan for the production and supply of plant proteins, both for feed and food, calling for the Commission to take immediate actions to avoid any reduction in the current production level of protein crops, particularly regarding legumes, with particular account to their environmental benefits.

In addition, the establishment of a European platform, supported by the European Crops Market Observatory to identify protein cultivation areas, determine protein production capabilities (species and volumes), and catalogue all research done so far on proteins.

The European Commission has committed to publish, before the end of the year, a protein plan for Europe. The DG AGRI-G4 (market) is responsible to coordinate several events to prepare this report: 

  1. The European Commission was asking experts and stakeholders for their views on the state of play in the EU plant protein sector, the first phase in the possible development of an EU-wide protein plan. About 450 answers have been collected through a web survey, half of them coming from France and Germany. The need to support legume research seems to be the top priority coming from that survey.
  2.  A workshop on ‘Research & Innovation in plant proteins’ was held in Brussels on 24 and 25 April 2018. Several partners from LegValue attended the workshop.
  3.  A workshop on ‘EU Plant Proteins - Agronomic Practices and Environmental Benefits’ will be held in Bucharest, Romania on 11 to 13 June 2018. The workshop will focus on soya, pulses and forage legumes, the three main components of the legume species grown in Europe. Experts from LegValue should participate in the workshop.
  4.  A workshop on ‘Protein plants supply chains’ is planned early July in France (T.B.A). Experts from LegValue should participate in this workshop.
  5.  A survey on ‘Protein plant market’ has started the first of March 2018, and a workshop is planned in Amsterdam in September to discuss around the survey report (T.B.A).
  6.  A final conference to present the report will be held in Vienna on 22 and 23 November 2018.

This new protein plan report will define the road map to promote and to develop legumes in Europe. It is a good opportunity for LegValue and TRUE projects within the ‘Crop diversification’ cluster of Horizon2020 funded EU projects including also DiverIMPACTS, DIVERFARMING, DIVERrsify and ReMIX, to contribute and to provide they work plan to successfully develop new legume-based value chains that will foster the cultivation and use of legumes in Europe for more sustainable agrifood systems.

For further LEGVALUE information, please contact 

Frédéric Muel f.muel@terresinovia.fr      
Tél/phone : 33 (0) 6 84 42 20 19 

Terres Inovia
1, avenue Lucien Brétignières
78850 Thiverval-Grignon

Note for Editors: 

  1. LEGVALUE is a new European research programme promoting sustainable agricultural systems in the EU, that is an integrated, and collaborative approach between researchers, technicians and commercial players. The objective is to promote the development of sustainable and competitive legume-based agricultural systems for animal and human feed in the EU. A significant driver of this objective is the perceived need to improve the protein autonomy of the European Union.
  2. LEGVALUE will examine 24 European farm networks and 31 case studies including on farm consumption, local and national supply chains. The project will evaluate the agronomic, economic and environmental benefits of producing and using legumes in both conventional and organic agriculture. It will take into account the persity of markets, analyse added value chains and provide a range of alternative solutions (‘Transition pathways’) to improve the economic interest all along the supply chain.” 
  3. LEGVALUE has a duration of 4 years, starting 1st June 2017. The total cost is 6.000.000 Euros, the EU grant is 5.000.000 Euros. The consortium size is 24 partners. The project is accessible to all commercial companies who wish to contribute to the success of the project through the contribution of new market sector case studies and / or projects that meet the objectives of LEGVALUE. LEGVALUE has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 727672. 
  4. LEGVALUE contacts are:
    Project Coordinator: Frédéric Muel, Terres Inovia f.muel@terresinovia.fr
    Project Leader: Nathalie Blosseville, Terres Univia n.blosseville@terresunivia.fr

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