Organic soya cultivation
Bringing the soya bean to Europe
We solely manufacture soya beans that are free of genetic modification (GM) and that come from certified organic farming. Already in 1996, this presented us with a serious problem. The era of "green GM technology" had dawned and the first genetically modified soya beans were being cultivated in the United States. In light of this new development, how could we continue to assure a supply of GM-free soya beans? Obtaining GM-free beans for the manufacture of tofu became a foreseeable problem. The U.S. organic soya beans obtained by us up until then were more and more eliminated due to the risk that they were mixed with GM beans.
How it all began
We knew that soya beans, thriving in a warm climate, would theoretically grow in the sunny Upper Rhine region. In 1997, we therefore encouraged regional organic farmers to go into soya bean cultivation. As a result, 8 farmers in an overall space of 40 hectares ventured an attempt. The result of the first few years was mediocre: weeded fields, a low protein content − as the quality of the tofu itself was satisfactory, however, we continued with the project.
Our dedication bears fruit
Nowadays, 100 % of our soybeans come from the heart of Europe: We receive excellent tofu soya beans with an especially high protein content, not only from the Upper Rhine region but also from the German regions of Palatine and the Saale Valley, from Austria (Carnuntum) as well as the French regions of Alsace and Jura.
We are proud of the diversity of the entreprises that collaborate with us. That’s how we guarantee best quality. An overall of 75 farmers plant Taifun-Tofu in Central Europe along the 48th latitude in an area of around 1.300 hectares. Currently, the areal growth is strongest in Austria. This year, we still use a little amount of soya beans from Canada, where Taifun had a long been collaborating with selected organic farmers until last year. From 2018 we will use 100 % soya beans originating in Central Europe.
These accomplishments are mainly due to two essential elements: Our close cooperative partnership with the producers and a consistent development of our very own soya seeds for the manufacture of tofu. Both of these elements are being looked after by the company's own Agricultural Centre for Soya Bean Cultivation and Development (LZ Soja).