A good sausage needs good mustard, at least in Germany. But besides the sweet and the pungent, mustard can add a political statement to a sausage.
The Bäuerliche Erzeugergemeinschaft Schwäbisch Hall – BESH (Farmers Producer-Cooperative Schwabian Hall) was originally founded as a breeders association to rescue a nearly extinct pig breed in 1986.
After the survival of the Schwabian Hall pig was secured, BESH developed into an umbrella organisation for rural development, in the region of Hohenlohe and beyond.
BESH has taken on many more challenges, amongst which stands the proclamation of the Region Hohenlohe as GM-free region, directly from the Sonnenhof, the BESH headquarters, in 2004.
The aim of the project “Swabian Hall Organic Mustard” is to provide an additional economic perspective to farmers in the region of Hohenlohe. Mustard can be grown as an intermediate crop, thus providing additional income for the farmers.
A local mustard mill has been contracted to manufacture and package the Swabian Hall Organic Mustard after its harvest. The cycle is closed once the mustard specialties return to BESH for the marketing and selling, ensuring the highest profit margin for the cooperative’s member-farmers.
Rudolf Bühler, one of the founders of BESH, describes this economy of solidarity as a counter-model and real alternative to today’s capitalism.