Probably the Greatest Untapped food resource in the world
There is a need to free up land so that species besides ourselves have space to live and move and eat. This is not just being nice to our neighbours, but is a strategy for survival. A changing climate is a symptom of an ecosystem that has been put out of balance by an out of control population increase of one species and the animals it feeds on. It will not be solved by driving more fuel inefficient vehicles and putting up insulation (although that might help). It can be solved by changing the way we eat.
Research at the University of Chicago has shown that the average ‘burger man’ emits the equivalent of 1.5 tonnes more CO2 per year than the average vegan who eats no animal products. This is brought about by the extra cultivating, fertilizing, chemical spraying and transportation involved in modern animal farming.
Leafcurd production is the most efficient known system of producing protein from the land. Protein is manufactured in leaves and translocated from there into other parts of the plant. Protein is concentrated in seeds and then further concentrated in the flesh of the birds and animals that eat them. By extracting the protein straight from the leaves we increase the efficiency of production manyfold.
Sheep grazing 1Ha of land produce about 85kg of edible protein in a six month growing season. The same hectare may produce 660kg of edible protein if soya beans were grown, or over 1000kg of edible protein if lucerne was grown and made into leafcurd. Lucerne is another commonly used plant and very useful in drier parts of the world.
Eating is one activity that whatever else we do or don’t do, we must still carry on doing. The production and consumption of leafcurd has a major role in bringing back our planet into some sort of balance by dramatically reducing the area of land necessary to feed our population and releasing space for trees and wildlife. It will also improve our health.