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Your Hummus Habit Could Be Good For The Earth

Melanie Wong | Jul 10, 201901:40 PM    

" . . . Some American farmers were already well on their way to embracing pulses, seeing the role they could play in improving soil health and setting the stage for better harvests of cash crops like wheat. Last year, U.S. farmers planted more chickpeas than ever to satisfy growing demand for plant-based protein alternatives — which, in turn, could help restore soils depleted by decades of intensive farming.

Unlike corn or wheat, these pulses fix their own nitrogen from the atmosphere, leaving extra stores of the nutrient in the soil for future crops to consume. For this reason, pulses can play a vital role in crop rotations, especially those that don't rely on chemical fertilizers. What's more, if managed well, these crops can be part of a farming system that sequesters carbon from the atmosphere and helps mitigate climate change. . . "

Your Hummus Habit Could Be Good For The Earth

High in fiber and protein, chickpeas are playing a starring role on menus. They're also good for soil health — and growing demand could help restore...

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