In celebration of the International Year of Pulses in 2016, the book ‘Pulses: Nutritious seeds for a sustainable future,’ was launched. It takes readers on a journey around the world, featuring 30 recipes from 10 international top chefs.
“Is there anything better for you, tastier and cheaper?” Abraham García, Spain.
Pulses are the fearless ally to fight malnutrition. As such they are the superfood of the future to achieve zero hunger. How can something so small be so good for us? The FAO has highlighted five benefits of pulses
“The people’s universal, sustainable and perfectly balanced protein for human nutrition” Ron Pickarski, USA.
They are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. They are rich in proteins and minerals. They are rich in iron as well as fibre. They are low in fats. They are an answer to the two-edged challenge of chronic hunger and poor eating habits: 793 million are chronically undernourished; 500 million people are obese.
Pulses not only boost the immune system, they also have a positive effect on the nervous system. They are ideal for diabetics and celiacs and they help to regulate weight.
Pulses need less water than many other crops. Pulses improve the absorption of carbon in soils. Pulses biologically fix nitrogen. Planting pulses helps to reduce greenhouse gases.
In crop rotation, they improve the harvest yields of other crops, and their residues can be used as forage: zero waste!
Around 90% of pulses are grown by family farmers, the majority of whom rely on subsistence agriculture. Pulses are highly resistant, and inexpensive.
Don’t forget: pulses are fundamental to end hunger in the world, ensure healthy eating habits, and protect the environment.