A bean crop produces a nutritionally sound, multi-functional food staple. But did you know it can also play a role in sustainable agriculture? ADM offers a full line of edible bean seeds to help promote the growth of a sustainable crop that can result in:
- Nitrogen conversion. Bean plants colonize microorganisms which convert nitrogen to useful nutrients both for the plant itself, the soil and other plants. This improved soil structure also improves water-holding capacity.
- Decreased use of commercial fertilizers. Beans capture at least half of the nitrogen they require from otherwise untapped sources in the surrounding soil and air. As a result, the soil requires less fossil fuel-derived commercial fertilizer. Less commercial fertilizer also results in a decreased chance of water-contaminating runoff.
In addition to these benefits, ADM’s commitment to environmental stewardship is well represented with the manufacture of edible beans. Our edible bean facility in Enderlin, North Dakota, operates on steam and electricity produced in part from processed sunflower hulls. The cogeneration facility also uses biomass.