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Lentils, chickpeas can help reverse dangerous trend of soil erosion: U.N.
by Alex Whiting

Thomson Reuters Foundation    Translate This Article
5 December 2016

On 5 December 2016 Thomson Reuters Foundation reported: Planting more lentils, chickpeas and other pulses will improve the health of the world's soils that have reached critical levels, threatening to worsen hunger and poverty levels, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday, 5 December. Pulses transfer nitrogen from the atmosphere to the soil and can be grown practically anywhere. Cereals grown after pulses yield 1.5 tonnes more per hectare, equivalent to adding 100 kilos of nitrogen fertilizer, the FAO report said on Monday, 5 December. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of environment and science, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

A study in India shows how growing pigeon peas reduced soil runoff and erosion by up to 59 percent, according to the report.

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