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Year of the Pulse

The International Grains Council (IGC) announced that it will include pulses in its definition of grains and expand market information on these products. Trade in pulses has been increasing as they grow in stature as a staple food and plant-based protein. The pod-based seeds of the legume family come in a variety of shapes and colors, and increasingly serve the role of sustainability.  The UN got so excited it created the International Year of Pulses. They are viewed as inexpensive, easy to store, nutrient-dense and can be grown in a variety of climates. Although trade in dried peas took off in 2020, this year growth has seen stronger growth in dried beans. Governments have begun subsidizing pulses as a new superfood, but also with th...

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