Join Seed the Commons to celebrate International Year of Pulses!
Pulses are an important food and crop throughout the world. They provide protein, fiber and other nutrients to our diets, without the saturated fat and cholesterol that accompany animal-based protein. They are grown with a small fraction of the resources it takes to produce meat, and because they fix nitrogen in the soil, they can help avoid fertilizer use, making them key to the sustainability of our food systems.
Pulses are among the cheapest foods one can buy, and yet they are far from boring. From falafel to ash reshteh to baked beans, they are prepared in a variety of delicious ways in different cultures. And yet, pulses are often overlooked and under-appreciated. Indeed, as incomes rise, people usually move from eating beans to eating meat.
Seed the Commons will celebrate International Year of Pulses with an Indian vegan cooking workshop and a discussion on:
The importance of legumes both from a nutritional and environmental standpoint
The role of legumes in various food cultures and how to creatively incorporate them our diets
The reasons for our food choices – why is it that despite the benefits of eating legumes instead of meat, meat continues to be so favored?
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