Nicolas Carton @Lumineuses

I'm working across Europe to promote a diversity of pulses in crop rotations and in the kitchens.
Based on my experience as an academic researcher in France and Sweden, and as a crop advisor in Germany, I started the initiative Lumineuses to:
- Look for the locally best varieties of beans, peas, chickpeas, and lentils, testing new crops at field scale with farmers and help them to sort, clean and sell the harvest.
- Communicate to the general public the love of growing pulses and cooking them (project with school children, cooking workshops).

I'm currently living in Catalonia, Spain.

Read more information about me in this interview:

Global Bean projects we are involved in:

We can offer:

- experience in academic research: knowledge and EU-wide contacts on legume-cereal intercropping & crop diversification.
- practical experience as an advisor for soybean production (tofu).
- network of pulses-motivated researchers, farmers and organizations in Germany, Sweden, France and Spain.
- practical advice when setting up trials of new crops, including post-harvesting steps.

We seek:

Reach a broader community to communicate with farmers and food consumers, network with other initiatives to inspire each other.

In the Global Bean network since:
May 2021


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