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Eat Your Beans: United Nations Declares 2016 the International Year of Pulses

January 11 2016 Meatless Monday 

Eat Your Beans: United Nations Declares 2016 the International Year of Pulses
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The United Nations has declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses. But what is a pulse, and why focus on them in 2016? Pulses are a specific group of foods including lentils, beans, peas and chickpeas. This food group is consumed regularly around the world in a huge variety of cultural cuisines. Using the slogan nutritious seeds for a sustainable future, the United Nations, led by its Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), named 2016 the International Year of Pulses to raise awareness about the protein power and health benefits of all kinds of dried beans and peas, boost their production and trade, and encourage new and smarter uses throughout the food chain. Pulses are important food crops for the food security of large proportions of populations, particularly in Latin America, Africa and Asia, where pulses are part of traditional diets and often grown by small farmers – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva [Pulses] have been an essential part of the human diet for centuries, Director-General Graziano da Silva continued, Yet, their nutritional value is not generally recognized and is frequently under-appreciated. According to FAO pulses are more than cheap and delicious, they are also rich in nutrients and provide a range of health benefits - perhaps especially in developing countries. With the global diet trending toward an increase in meat consumption, and with the danger that such rates of meat consumption poses for human heath, the environment and climate change, a diet rich in alternative sources of protein is one step anyone can make for a brighter future. In addition to the dietary and environmental benefits of making pulses a primary source of protein on your plate, increasing the global consumption of pulses could support farmers around the world. As crops they have nitrogen-fixing properties that increase the health and fertility of soil, making nitrogen-rich fertilizers less of an expensive necessity. Much work needs to be done to end hunger and provide food security and nutrition for all. One concrete, promising opportunity lies with pulses. Let us join forces to raise awareness of the benefits of pulses, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Join in the global movement to raise awareness around the benefits of pulses this year by learning more about the many virtues of the crops and by piling them on your own plate all year long! The post Eat Your Beans: United Nations Declares 2016 the International Year of Pulses appeared first on Meatless Monday.

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