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Soybeans from Italy

One of the most well-known plants for obtaining alternative sources of protein is soybeans. It is speculated that tofu, a meat substitute made by coagulating the protein components of soy milk, has been produced in Japan since ancient times. The exceptionally high protein content and positive nutritional profile make the most famous legume the most popular all-rounder in the production of plant-based replacement products. However, soybeans have come under increasing criticism in recent years. This is where HiWeiss comes in: the special soybean variety is not only tailored to the patented production process, but also refutes all common arguments against the use of the protein bean.

  1. No deforestation
    One major criticism is the deforestation to create land for soybean cultivation. This is also supported by a 2022 study by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), which critically examines deforestation- and conversion-free supply chains using Brazilian soybeans as an example. Deforestation can be ruled out in Northern Italy, where HiWeiss soybeans are grown.
  2. Short transportation routes
    In addition to Brazil, the USA, Paraguay, and Canada are among the most important soybean-producing countries. This means long transportation routes and a high CO2 output when further processing in Europe. Since both cultivation and processing take place in Italy at HiWeiss, transportation routes are significantly shorter.
  3. Guaranteed GMO-free
    The first genetically modified soybeans were already cultivated in 1997, after the first approval of a crop the year before. Since then, GMO soybeans have been on the rise and currently account for 80 percent in the USA and 100 percent in South America. The cultivation of HiWeiss soybeans is guaranteed to be 100 percent GMO-free.
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