Celebrate 2016: The International Year of Pulses!

International Year of Pulses K12 School Garden Photo Contest

UN's 2016International Year of Pulses logoThe United Nations declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP). Pulse crops are a critical and ancient part of the food basket. And, they are foods you already enjoy! It's time this vital crop had its time in the sunshine!

What are pulses? Why are they important?

Pulses are beans and peas that are harvested dry. Examples are lentils, chickpeas, pinto beans, kidney beans, and more (see a full list here).

brown bean Pulses provide a vital source of plant-based proteins and amino acids for people around the globe, ensuring food security.

brown bean As part of a healthy diet high in fiber, pulses fight obesity.

brown bean Pulses also prevent and help manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, coronary conditions, and cancer.

brown bean Pulses are an important source of plant-based protein for livestock.

brown bean Pulses pull nitrogen from the air into the soil, increasing soil fertility.

brown bean Pulses use less water than most other protein crops, making them a sustainable agricultural choice.


Celebrate IYP with us! Click on the labeled photos for more information:

Pulses for People: engaging information for the general public

Legume nodule and roots and link to k-12 education materials
Soy field at sunset; link to Beans in the News
Pulses in garden with link to grow your own
Dry pulses for cooking link to recipes
Printable IYP memes
Click on globe image to go to videos about pulse crops


Pulses and Science: information for members' and related scientists' use

B.B. Singh and other researchers in cowpea field
UN photo of dried pulse seeds at market and link to UN web site


CSSA celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2006 with a U.S. Postal Service stamp featuring...pulses!

We're proud to celebrate IYP, ten years after First Day of Issue.

CSSA commemorative USPS stamp with pulses