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19 September 2016

Go #sianipulses! Join our Instagram contest to share your photos and stories about pulses!

Big up to all the instagrammers! We are starting our first Instagram contest! Are you growing your own beans, lentils or peas? Are you doing research about pulses in Sweden or abroad? Or do you just love to cook and eat them? Whatever your relation to pulses is, we invite you to share your best shot in our Instagram contest! If you are based in Sweden and like pulses, you are eligible to participate.  

To participate simply post your photo on Instagram, write a compelling story or a yummy recipe (in Swedish or English), use #sianipulses and tag @sianiagri in the photo. If your Instagram profile is private, you can just send us the link to your picture in a message! You can also send your contribution to Johannes Ernstberger. We will post all the contributions on our Instagram profile. The best submissions will be displayed at our event about pulses at the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry, KSLA in Stockholm on 14th of December 2016. The three best contributions will receive great prizes! The contest as well as the event is our contribution to the International Year of Pulses 2016.

Beans, lentils and peas, jointly called pulses, are important crops for several reasons. Pulses are packed with nutrition and are high in protein, have low fat content and are rich in soluble fibers which make them important from a health and nutrition perspective. Pulses can also contribute to climate change mitigation by fixating atmospheric nitrogen in the soil which improves soil fertility and reduces the need for synthetic fertilizers.

In developing countries, pulses are a staple food of farmers as well as a valuable agricultural commodity. So, pulses are important for food security and for economic development. Growing pulses as cover crops or intercropping with other plants can help to improve biodiversity and reduce pests.

Due to the fact that pulses are rich in protein, we can eat them instead of meat. More and more people, including Swedes, are becoming conscious about their meat intake for various reasons, including animal welfare, climate and health. It is true that many of us are more used to cook with meat, but cooking with pulses can make our everyday menus much more fun!

We hope to see a lot of great recipes and learn more about pulses from you through the #sianipulses contest!

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