Spill The Beans

I live on the outskirts of an area commonly referred to by its residents as ‘The Lentil Belt’, with the inhabitants often calling each other yoghurt, or sometimes lentil weavers, giving the impression that the residents of Meersbrook, UK, are wholefood obsessives. I’m sure that the Yoghurt Weavers of The Lentil Belt will be pleased to know that finally their obsession has been ratified, by the United Nations no less, who have declared 2016 as the international year of pulses.


The UN claim that the benefits of lentils, beans, peas and chickpeas go beyond mealtime, and can have a positive impact on health, the environment, livelihoods, food security and sustainability, with some varieties even able to withstand severe drought and in doing so increasing agricultural resilience to climate change. FAO Director-Genreal Jose Graziano da Silva outlines the importance of these food crops, particularly in Latin America, Africa and Asia…

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