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Advantages to Growing Alfalfa.

Growing and drying alfalfa offer significant advantages for the environment, industry and society as a whole.

Environmental aspects


  • Alfalfa contributes to improving biodiversity with 117 species of birds using it for food, shelter or reproduction.

  • It does not require the land to be tilled over a five-year period, thus reducing erosion, which is 16 times less than that involved in growing corn.

  • It does not need nitrogen fertilisers, thus avoiding water being contaminated by nitrates.

  • It fixes 9 t/ha/year of CO2 (1.5 t in the parts that are underground, 0.75 t in its roots and 6.75 t in the parts that are above ground), thus helping to alleviate the greenhouse effect and acting as a green filter.

  • It does not require herbicides and phytosanitary products do not need to be extensively used.

  • A stand of alfalfa lasts for at least five years, thus making the landscape greener.

Economic aspects


  • Production is agreed upon at the beginning of the season with prices being highly profitable.

  • It produces up to 2500 kg/ha of protein, thus decreasing the need to import soya.

  • It is harvested five times a year, meaning income over several months.

  • Minimum risk of losses due to bad weather.

  • The current technique, which involves partially drying out alfalfa in fields, improves quality and increases production.

Effects on society as a whole


  • The harvesting technique used for industrialisation allows for more flexibility in terms of working hours, thus making what is a strenuous job somewhat easier.

  • There are currently 75 manufacturers spread out across Spain.

  • They are all located in rural areas and cannot relocate as their profitability depends on having crops within a maximum radius of 30-50 km.

  • More than 4000 jobs have been created, contributing to the sustainability of rural communities.

Consumers

  • The product is always of outstanding quality.
  • The current technique produces a low-moisture, low-temperature product, providing it with greater stability and meaning it can be stored for longer.
  • The product is extremely uniform and stable.
  • It has an exceptionally high nutritional value and is rich in fibre and high-quality protein.
  • It offers a steady supply throughout the year.

Food safety

  • It allows for a high level of product traceability from the field to the consumer.
  • It allows for simpler food safety checks.
  • It is compatible with ISO 9002, ISO environmental standards and the HACCP system.
  • It allows for dioxins and heavy metals to be monitored.