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Nutritious surplus

Life Science

Bushes can be a good thing. But the jury’s out on rapid-spreading gorse.

Now a Scottish government research team is highlighting the plant’s advantages. For, according to research, some types contain up to 21% protein.

Previously burned or fed to animals, recent polling suggests that around 60% of UK residents might be willing to try it.

Another advantage is the CO2 balance sheet for producing protein isolate from gorse: 17 times less CO2 than meat production.

What’s more, its protein could feed the whole of Scotland’s population at no extra cost.

No burning – money or bushes – to prevent spreading, and the country’s limited arable land could be used to grow healthy, protein-rich food.

Scrubby solution? Quite the contrary.

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