Australian National Committee
In December 2013, the United Nations declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP). The global pulse industry is working on a range of programs and activities to help celebrate the international year.
The Australian National Committee celebrating IYP, established in 2014, represents groups from across the pulse industry, from growers and researchers to processors and manufacturers. The Committee is supported by Pulse Australia and the Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council.
Pulses, which belong to the legume family of plants, are a healthy, whole food grown by farmers around Australia and are a central part of the cuisine of many countries around the world. The Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council recommends Australians eat legumes at least 2–3 times a week to get the benefits of this nutritious food and reduce risk of chronic disease such as heart disease and diabetes. However, very few Australians know about these versatile and healthy foods.
The Australian National Committee celebrating the IYP is holding a range of events during 2015 and 2016 to encourage Australians to try pulses and get creative with using them in their meals every week.
For more information about the International Year of Pulses visit http://www.fao.org/pulses-2016/en/.
For more information about the Global Pulse Confederation’s work visit www.iyp.net.
For more information on the pulse industry in Australia, visit www.pulseaus.com.au.
For more information about the health benefits of pulses and legumes as well as ideas for recipes visit www.glnc.org.au.