Pulse progress – Pulse progress

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Download PDF Will pulse growers have a brighter future within the government’s new National Food Strategy? CPM investigates. Both supply and demand could easily be doubled. By Andrew Blake The National Food Strategy ‘field to fork’ report is an in-depth examination of how the country’s food production affects our health and the environment – but falls short when it comes to pulse crops, according to a number of industry experts. There’s little doubt that UK pea and bean growers could help meet the government’s goals of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and protecting 30% of the land for nature by 2030. But they need more encouragement and official recognition that not all legumes are the same, says Roger Vickers, chief executive of the Processors and Growers Research Organisation. The National Food Strategy report mentions pulses many times, he notes. “We already have a history of being able to grow both peas and beans, with UK production ranging from 0.7-1.5 million tonnes over the past 10 years, of which 250-350 thousand tonnes was used domestically each year. “Both supply and demand could easily be doubled if farmers were encouraged to do so via the Environmental Land Management scheme and,…
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