The most recent UN General Assembly established 2016 as the International Year of Pulses, and the mision to develop this project was delegated to The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, which will work in colaboration with governments, food and health organizations, non governmental organizations and related entities.
This year’s designations aims to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition.
Pulses includes every grain or dry seeds which grow within a pod, and they’ve been chosen due to these reasons:
- Its production has a low environmental impact and improves soil fertility, which promotes sustainable and organic farming.
- They have high nutritional quality by providing complex carbohydrates vegetable protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals that support achieving a healthy diet. Also, don’t have gluten, are ideal for vegans and satisfie easily.
- Their crops are barely wasted, so they are a good way to not contaminate or throw away food; also they can be used for fodder and not only for human consumption.
- There is great diversity of pulses and it can be very favorable for long-term production to resist climate change and to not damage soils but help to its fertlity. Also, the variety of pulses is beneficial to our diet, which may include different types, and more and better nutrients without monotony.
- They’re affordable in comparison with its high nutritional value, so they can be used as a replacement for animal proteins and to fight hunger and poverty.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations will update the information constantly, and will work to celebrate this special year for pulses consumers and producers.