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Chef Michael Smith encourages Canadians to eat pulses for World Food Day

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Chef Michael Smith, Canada’s International Year of Pulses Ambassador, is asking Canadians to support World Food Day on October 16 by taking a climate-friendly approach to food and eating more pulses.

“Every Canadian family can make a positive and immediate impact on our climate by eating pulses,” says Smith. “Peas, beans, chickpeas and lentils are good for your health and the health of the planet.”

This year’s World Food Day theme is “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.”

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the global population is growing steadily and is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. To meet such a heavy demand, agriculture and food systems will need to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and become more resilient, productive and sustainable.

“When farmers grow pulses, they feed millions of people in a way that actually gives back to the land. Pulses, in partnership with a range of other foods, represent how Canadians can make a positive impact on the environment,” says Denis Tremorin, Director of Sustainability at Pulse Canada.

Pulses are in the spotlight in 2016 as the world celebrates International Year of Pulses. The United Nations declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP) to celebrate pulses’ contribution to health, nutrition and environmental sustainability.

For the full release and a pulse-friendly recipe, click here.

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