Can we grow protein crops in Belgium? 🌾 πŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸŒΎ πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸŒΎ

About the research

Fafalel, hummus, plant-based burgers, ... πŸ˜‹ These delicacies are made from protein crops, such as chickpeas and yellow peas. Unfortunately, these crops mainly come from faraway countries like Russia πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί or Argentina πŸ‡¦πŸ‡·. So can't we grow such protein crops in Belgium? πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ "Yes, we can!" says ILVO researcher Elien De Rooze. She explains how farmers can grow these crops and what they should pay attention to. πŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸŒΎ πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸŒΎ "So who knows, one day we might be eating a hummus sandwich, with all the raw materials grown in the same field." πŸ₯ͺ 🚜 🌾

Elien De Rooze

Elien De Rooze grew up among the fields in the Flemish Ardennes. As a child, she could always be found outside, busy studying plants and the smallest insects. This curiosity found its place in her vegetable garden where she tested unknown plant species. Elien dreamed of being able to contribute to innovations. Her admiration for the agricultural sector and the associated risks grew during her bioengineering studies. Currently, Elien is active as a researcher of new crops at ILVO where she helps new crops and mixed crops find their place in the rotation scheme.

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