The European parliament adopts a European strategy for the promotion of protein crops

Roger Vickers, chief executive of PGRO, which is part of LEGVALUE, a European research programme promoting sustainable agricultural systems in the EU, has reported 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.

Mr Vickers said: “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.”

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