IT’S GOOD FOR THE SOIL
AND THE CLIMATE
Like other legumes, soya binds the plant nutrient nitrogen from the surrounding soil air with the help of root bacteria. This means that soya is not dependent on artificial nitrogen fertilizers like other crops such as wheat or maize. This root system is also advantageous for the subsequent crop, because soya leaves valuable nitrogen and soil in good workable condition. Farmers can cultivate this protein-rich plant to supplement customary arable crops such as wheat, barley and maize. In this way, they contribute to more diverse crop rotations. Legumes also include other species like broad beans, peas, sweet lupins, lucerne and clover. Despite their beneficial effects, protein-containing plants started to fall in popularity until the 2000s.
Donau Soja wants to help change this situation and create economic perspectives so that farmers can successfully cultivate legumes.