Eat more pulses to fight climate change

February 16, 2016 2:20 PM |

Eat more pulses to fight climate changeClimate Change has been affecting us all by the ever increasing temperatures, severe droughts and floods, water shortages, wildfires and even longer air travel. Glaciers have shrunk, ice is melting and the World is witnessing record-breaking warmth every other day due to global warming and climate change.

While it may seem like our actions may be able to alter the effects of Climate Change, a slight lifestyle change can the first baby step. Shifting our diets to be more environmentally sustainable and healthier can be helpful to our planet.

Our personal carbon footprint is mainly due to the food items we tend to consume. Dairy and meat products cause massive emissions of greenhouse gases like Nitrous Oxide and Methane.

These products make up about 22 percent of the diet of the developed countries. However, there is a food group which not only has a tiny carbon footprint but is also rich in essential micronutrients and proteins. These are pulses including faba bean, common beans, dried peas, chickpeas and lentils.

Pulses have a range of environmental benefits. Nitrogen fertilizers whose primary component is fossil fuels are not required for the growth of pulses. Thus, the use of fossil fuels is dramatically reduced while growing them.

Also, pulses can directly draw nitrogen from the atmosphere and also convert them into nutrients which are essential for the growth of plants. Due to the sowing of pulses on fields, the soils become more fertilized reducing the need for fertilizer for other crops.

Pulses are also highly water efficient. While it takes 1857 gallons of water for a pound of beef, the growth of the same amount of pulses only take 43 gallons of water. As per research, the demand for fresh water is expected to increase by a whopping 50 percent in another 15 years.

Due to the horrific effects of Climate Change, it is essential to grow and consume more pulses as compared to meat and dairy products as these are way more environmental friendly. As the supply of pulses have suffered a major fall, taking into account the array of benefits pulses have to offer; the United Nations has declared 2016 as the year of pulses.

Image Credit:

This story was first published on


Weather Forecast

Other Latest Stories

Weather on Twitter
moderate to heavy #rains will be seen over many parts of Coastal #AndhraPradesh and #Telangana until June 23.
Wednesday, June 19 21:45Reply
The #watercrisis has further intensified in #Chennai, #TamilNadu. Recently, guest-houses in Chennai's Triplicane ar…
Wednesday, June 19 21:15Reply
The broadcaster Star India is dejected as they are currently staring at an advertising revenue loss of 100 plus cro…
Wednesday, June 19 21:00Reply
On June 21, the system will gain strength, moving partly over land and remaining partly over sea. Around June 21 la…
Wednesday, June 19 20:45Reply
On and off rains of varied intensity will continue to lash the state of #Maharashtra in the coming week.
Wednesday, June 19 20:26Reply
Wednesday, June 19 20:00Reply
This season, out of 18 days in June, only one day has seen normal rains while all the rest have remained deficient…
Wednesday, June 19 19:28Reply
The #ElNino nightmare was already haunting #Monsoon2019, when #CycloneVayu further added to the fury.
Wednesday, June 19 19:05Reply
In the next 2 to 3 days, South #Konkan and #Goa and adjoining South Madhya #Maharashtra may see the arrival of Mons…
Wednesday, June 19 18:29Reply
#Monsoon #Forecast for June 19: Monsoon gives heavy #rain in #Kerala, #Karnataka, subdued rains in #TamilNadu
Wednesday, June 19 18:01Reply

latest news

USAID Skymet Partnership

Skymet weather

Download the Skymet App

Our app is available for download so give it a try