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A pea and lentil renaissance?

This article from Civil Eats examines how the rise of both plant-based diets and regenerative agriculture practices have encouraged more farmers in the United States to grow pulses such as lentils, peas and chickpeas. As pulses become more popular with US consumers, a smaller fraction of the US pulse harvest is exported to other countries.

Part of the demand for pulses is coming from processed replacements for animal products. For example, protein from yellow peas is used in Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger and in some plant-based milk and ice cream.

The piece also discusses how pulses can be incorporated into crop rotations, e.g. to fix nitrogen into the soil and reduce soil erosion.

Read the full piece, Plant-Based Diets and Regenerative Ag Have Sparked a Pea and Lentil Renaissance, here. See also the Foodsource building block What is ultra-processed food? And why do people disagree about its utility as a concept?

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North America is the northern subcontinent of the Americas covering about 16.5% of the Earth's land area. This large continent has a range of climates spanning Greenland’s permanent ice sheet and the dry deserts of Arizona. Both Canada and the USA are major food producers and some of the largest food exporters in the world. Industrial farms are the norm in North America, with high yields relative to other regions and only 2% of the population involved in agriculture.

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