August 2, 2016
Dr. Joyce Boye of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Summerland Research and Development Centre has been named North American Ambassador for the 2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP). She, along with AAFC and other organizations around the world, will be raising public awareness on the importance of pulses in our daily lives.
Pulses, which include dried beans, dried peas, lentils and chickpeas, have many benefits: they’re affordable, can be easily and securely stored, promote biodiversity, improve soil health, and contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Canada exports 80-90% of its total pulse production, reaching over 150 countries annually.
Pulses are a source of sustainable, plant-based protein and also support healthy living. They are high in fibre and a good source of protein, iron, zinc, folate and B-vitamins. They are also low in fat, and have a low glycemic index, making them a healthy contribution to any diet. Research studies suggest that pulses may improve gut health as well as help prevent gut-related diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer and obesity.
“Only a few decades ago, Canada had very limited pulse production,” says Dr. Boye. “Thanks to ongoing research, the pulses sector has seen tremendous growth, bringing economic and environmental benefits. This year will be a springboard for the development of new value-added products.”
AAFC International Year of Pulses agr.gc.ca/pulses
2016 International Year of Pulses fao.org/pulses-2016
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