Lupin could steal the show from soya in animal feed
Environment Agriculture food security

Lupin could steal the show from soya in animal feed

Dr Muhammad Zahid Ihsan
Dr Muhammad Zahid Ihsan

In 10 seconds? It seems humans and farm animals are in competition for an old-new food: lupin beans. The protein-rich foodstuff popular in Italy and the Middle East is an emerging favorite of plant-based food fans and offers a cheap alternative in animal feeds.

Bean in animal feed? Why? Livestock – especially poultry and pig - production, is highly dependent on imported soybean, exposing the risks related to monoculture and single crop dominance in the global trade. Researchers say that global crop demand – including for soya - is expected to increase by 60-110% by 2050. Climate change and pest pressure have already affected soya yields in some countries (including the US that supplies 34% of global soybean production) and concerns are rising for its sustainable supply. Lupin is a rich source of digestible protein and could become a sustainable substitute for protein in monogastric animal feed.

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