The Legume Futures project was conducted at a time of widespread public debate about the future of cropping systems, particularly in relation to the potential role of legume species in contributing to the sustainable development of European agricultural and food systems. Being the only European major project on legume cropping at the time, the Legume Futures consortium contributed extensively to these debates and provided supporting information. These processes included participation in the Legume Expert Forum set up by the German Agricultural Research Alliance (DAFA). This fed in to wider debate across Europe about the future of legume crops and the knowledge and technology required to support them. Our work also included contributions to the European Innovation Partnership Focus Group on protein crops which includes two members from the Legume Futures consortium.
Based partly on the results of these intensive stakeholder engagement activities and on review of the literature, this report sets out thoughts from the consortium on the challenges of increasing the production of legume crops in Europe and the potential approaches to research and development that might be taken. Much of the review of the literature presented draws heavily on work many of the authors did for the European Parliament in 2012 and 2013. In preparing this report for Legume Futures from that and the other work we have done, it is not our intention to present an exhaustative review of all the issues or possible approaches to developing legume-supported cropping systems. Rather, this report brings together information on the context of Legume Futures and the results of the forward-looking activities that were a particularly strong feature of the consortium’s work.
 Bues, A., Kuhlmann, T., Lindstrom, K., Murphy-Bokern, D., Preissel, S., Reckling, M., Stoddard, F.L., Topp, K., Watson, C. and Zander, P. (2013) The environmental role of protein crops in the new common agricultural policy. The European Parliament (in English and French)