All foods are not created equal - even if they aren't processed and come from the ground. The way that food is farmed means more than some people may realize. The agricultural aspects of whole, organic food can be the difference between getting the necessary vitamins and nutrients the food can provide in its best, undeterred state. This was something that researchers wanted to explore more of - specifically with kidney beans.
One of the most popular types of beans, they are a complex carbohydrate and also an excellent source of iron, protein and folate. Kidney beans are a good basis for the study as it commands the highest market price by weight. So this means that the improved farming methods of the kidney beans would not only benefit the farmer but the consumer as well.
Certain rooting strategies are not as conducive to overall growth and flourishing as others. This is because some rooting strategies are more prone to fungal pathogens which can potentially ruin the kidney bean itself. This can also ruin the crop which is a huge financial loss for the farmer. When the root has a higher level of resistance to these type of bacterial strains that rot, it allows for the seeds and the growth of the kidney beans to remain healthy and fruitful. This leads to a bountiful harvest which leads to more overall profit for the farmers. Higher yields are also imperative for food security.
Rosie And Talon Breeds
Rosie and Talon, a dark red kidney bean and a light red kidney bean, were tested in over 20 fields across Minnesota and North Dakota. Both farmers and researchers alike spoke about the importance of developing new hearty varieties of kidney beans. Sometimes a part of the issue is being able to effectively match consumer expectations. Sometimes the mixing of the breeds, or plant breeding, can be a very risky endeavor. But figuring out what the best mixture of bean or plant is could be a very beneficial and fruitful endeavor.
While this is true of the newer potential options, it is still very imperative to protect the existing varieties. Because of their relative ease to cook as well as their nutrient dense value, the bean is great. This is why it's such a staple in many developing and poorer countries because it's easily accessible and affordable. Figuring out a way to not only preserve how the beans are made but also figure out a way to potentially make other variations that would be better or stronger is a worthy effort.
Typically, the beans that are dry come in smaller crops. This means that more crops can potentially be fashioned in a way that allows the crops to yield more and more beans over time. If they are rooted properly and come all the way to fruition soundly, then the amount of beans that the farmers can harvest and that people can buy, for fair and sound prices, can increase. This benefits both the farmer and the consumer, as beans are a healthy, densely rich food and have tremendous nutritional value within them.
Protecting our crops, sustaining their roots and taking care of farmers should be an invaluable mission that ought to be protected and cultivated.