Keynote Speaker: Sonny Ramaswamy (USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture)Presented by Bush Brothers & Company and the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science
Reported by Alan Dove | Posted February 12, 2016
On November 19, 2015, the Academy's Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science and Bush Brothers and Company sponsored a full-day conference on pulses, titled Little Beans, Big Opportunities: Realizing the Potential of Pulses to Meet Today's Global Health Challenges. The event celebrated the United Nations' declaration of 2016 as the International Year of Pulses, a measure intended to highlight the potential of dry peas, beans, lentils, and chickpeas to improve both human health and the sustainability of global agriculture.
The keynote presentation focused on how these little beans could help solve the synergistic threats of malnutrition and environmental degradation worldwide. Speakers in the morning session discussed the many health benefits of pulses. Clinical trials have shown that legume-based supplements can prevent childhood growth stunting in developing countries. Bean consumption also leads to improvements in markers associated with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease and promotes a healthy intestinal microbiome.
Humans have grown and eaten pulses for over 10 000 years, and in many countries the agricultural techniques for pulse production are virtually unchanged. Speakers in the afternoon session described the urgent need to improve the efficiency of pulse production and discussed ideas for increasing supply and demand for these crops.
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Presentations available from:
Seth Adu-Afarwuah, PhD (University of Ghana)
Allan Hruska, PhD (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)
P.K. Joshi, PhD (International Food Policy Research Institute)
Mark J. Manary, MD (Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis)
John McDermott, PhD (International Food Policy Research Institute)
Sonny Ramaswamy, PhD (USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture)
John L. Sievenpiper, MD, PhD (University of Toronto, Canada)
Joanne Slavin, PhD (University of Minnesota)
Moderator: Vincent Amanor-Boadu, PhD (Kansas State University)
How to cite this eBriefing
The New York Academy of Sciences. Little Beans, Big Opportunities: Using Pulses to Meet Today's Global Health Challenges. Academy eBriefings. 2016. Available at: www.nyas.org/LittleBeans-eB