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Key messages on pulses

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Pulses are highly nutritious. Pulses are economically accessible and contribute to food security at all levels. Pulses have important health benefits. Pulses foster sustainable agriculture and contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Pulses promote biodiversity.

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Key messages on pulses

  1. 1. Pulses are highly nutritious.
  2. 2. • Pulses are leguminous plants that have nitrogen-fixing properties which can contribute to increasing soil fertility and have a positive impact on the environment.
  3. 3. Pulses are economically accessible and contribute to food security at all levels.
  4. 4. • Pulses are annual leguminous crops yielding between one and 12 grains or seeds of variable size, shape and color within a pod, used for both food and feed. The term “pulses” is limited to crops harvested solely for dry grain, thereby excluding crops harvested green for food, which are classified as vegetable crops, as well as those crops used mainly for oil extraction and leguminous crops that are used exclusively for sowing purposes (based on the definition of “pulses and derived products” of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)
  5. 5. Pulses have important health benefits.
  6. 6. • Pulse crops such as lentils, beans, peas and chickpeas are a critical part of the general food basket. Pulses are a vital source of plant-based proteins and amino acids for people around the globe and should be eaten as part of a healthy diet to address obesity, as well as to prevent and help manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, coronary conditions and cancer; they are also an important source of plant-based protein for animals.
  7. 7. Pulses foster sustainable agriculture and contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  8. 8. • Pulses are leguminous plants that have nitrogen-fixing properties which can contribute to increasing soil fertility and have a positive impact on the environment.
  9. 9. Pulses promote biodiversity.
  10. 10. • Pulses are annual leguminous crops yielding between one and 12 grains or seeds of variable size, shape and color within a pod, used for both food and feed. The term “pulses” is limited to crops harvested solely for dry grain, thereby excluding crops harvested green for food, which are classified as vegetable crops, as well as those crops used mainly for oil extraction and leguminous crops that are used exclusively for sowing purposes (based on the definition of “pulses and derived products” of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)
  11. 11. Pulses are highly nutritious.
  12. 12. • Pulse crops such as lentils, beans, peas and chickpeas are a critical part of the general food basket. Pulses are a vital source of plant-based proteins and amino acids for people around the globe and should be eaten as part of a healthy diet to address obesity, as well as to prevent and help manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, coronary conditions and cancer; they are also an important source of plant-based protein for animals.
  13. 13. Pulses are economically accessible and contribute to food security at all levels.
  14. 14. • Pulses are leguminous plants that have nitrogen-fixing properties which can contribute to increasing soil fertility and have a positive impact on the environment.
  15. 15. Pulses have important health benefits.

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