UN: launched the International Year of pulses

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“Legumes are important cultivations for food security for a large percentage of the world population, particularly in Latin America, Africa and Asia, where they are part of traditional diets and often produced by small farmers”, said Director-General FAO, José Graziano da Silva.

2016 aims to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition. The Year will create a unique opportunity to encourage a better utilize of pulse-based proteins, further global production of pulses, better utilize crop rotations and address the challenges in the trade of pulses.

There is a broad variety to choose from: dry beans, pinto beans, lima beans, broad beans, chickpeas, peas, lentils and much more. These represent a valid, and cheaper, alternative to animal proteins. Also rich in micronutrients, amino acids and B vitamins, low in fat and high in nutrients and soluble fiber, pulses are considered excellent for cholesterol management and digestive health, and their high content iron and zinc makes them an important food for the fight against anemia.

If you think that the pulses cannot have any more positive properties … you’re wrong! They are, in fact, excellent products for animal feed, improving their health and growth. This thanks to the presence of nitrogen, which also helps to make more fertile soil, thus extending the productivity of agricultural land.

Source and photo: FAO