Pulses and Sustainability
Generations of farmers have recognized that peas, beans, chickpeas and lentils are integral to effective crop rotation. In fact, the children’s nursery rhyme ‘Oats, peas, beans and barley grow’ was originally devised for teaching children the basic facts of land stewardship.
Pulse crops absorb nitrogen from the air to create nodes on their roots. These nitrogen-rich roots remain in the soil for the cereal crop grown the following year. This reduces the overall amount of fertilizer required. Click here for more details.
Pulse crops require relatively little irrigation, and may be seeded using a technique called zero till. Click here for more details.
Finally because they are field-dried, pulses are light and economical to ship.