PHI Part of Testimony to Senate Ag Committee

 

The Pulse Health Initiative (PHI) was part of the testimony given today at the Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on "Opportunities for Specialty Crops and Organics in the Farm Bill". The PHI is a targeted research effort for dry beans, dry peas, lentils and chickpeas (pulses) that address critical issues facing the nation. Dennis Engelhard, current president of the US Dry Bean Council, provided the testimony (full text, mp3 recording). Engelhard grows corn, wheat, soybeans and dry beans in Michigan.

"The Pulse Health Initiative is the shining star of my presentation today," said Engelhard in his testimony. "Its benefits reach far beyond the Farm Bill in shaping a bright and healthy future for our nation."

The PHI tackles three key issues: reducing obesity, reducing global hunger and enhancing agricultural sustainability. Pulses are powerhouses of nutrition and sustainability, but an investment in research is critical to exploring the way dry beans, dry peas, lentils and chickpeas can provide solutions to the major health and environmental problems facing our nation and global community.

The Senate Agriculture Committee is in the process of writing the 2012 Farm Bill.  The hearing today focused on the need to modify farm program policy to improve the health of our children and improve the diets of our citizens. 

The American Pulse Association is a partnership between the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council and the US Dry Bean Council to achieve the goals of the PHI.  For more information about the PHI please contact:

Tim McGreevy, CEO
American Pulse Association
Email: mcgreevy@pea-lentil.com
Ph: 208-882-3023

Erica Beck, Communications Mgr.
American Pulse Association
Email:  ebeck@pea-lentil.com
Ph: 208-882-3023


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