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International Year of Pulses

It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s a superfood!

Q: What food is high in protein, low in fat, packed with vitamins and minerals and above all else, tasty?
A: Pulses!

2016 is the International Year of Pulses and a great opportunity for Canadians to learn that pulses — dried peas, bean, lentils, and chickpeas, which are all edible seeds of plants in the legume family — are a healthy and sustainable food. Even though Canada is one of the world’s largest pulse producers and exporters, most Canadians know very little about this family of nutritious foods. To highlight the International Year of Pulses, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, in partnership with Pulse Canada, has developed a first-of-its-kind travelling exhibition to raise awareness about pulses.

The specific objectives of the International Year of Pulses 2016 are to:

  • Raise awareness about the important role of pulses in sustainable food production and healthy diets and their contribution to food security and nutrition;
  • Promote the value and utilization of pulses throughout the food system, their benefits for soil fertility and climate change and for combating malnutrition;
  • Encourage connections throughout the food chain to further global production of pulses, foster enhanced research, better utilize crop rotations and address the challenges in the trade of pulses.

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Pulse Canada


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Available for download are some educational activities and recipes featuring pulses, developed by the Museum. These help Canadians learn more about this agricultural product and offer ideas on how to incorporate more of this nutritious staple in their diets.


Video Science on the Menu : Pulses!


Pulse Power! recipes:

All recipes are available in pdf format

Pulses: The Ideal Partner - Travelling Exhibitioncafm


Type: Travelling

To highlight the International Year of Pulses, the Museum, in partnership with Pulse Canada, has developed a first-of-its-kind travelling exhibition to raise awareness about pulses.

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