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Food drive for Global Pulse Day

year-of-pulses-posterThe University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture is collecting pulses such as tins of chickpeas, beans or dried lentils to help Western Australians in need.

The food drive is being held in conjunction with Global Pulse Day on Wednesday, 18 January 2017. All donations will go to Foodbank WA to provide nutritious meals to struggling Australians.

Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique, Director of The UWA Institute of Agriculture, who was named Special Ambassador of Pulses 2016 by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (UNFAO), said that 2016 being the International Year of Pulses was a timely opportunity to raise awareness of the health benefits of pulses.

“Consuming 20 to 40g of grain legumes per day contributes to reduced risk of mortality because of their benefits against major non-communicable diseases and their risk factors, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity and gut health,” Professor Siddique said.

“The pulses food drive is a great opportunity to provide much needed nutrition.”

Those wishing to contribute can do so by bringing non-perishable pulses to The UWA Institute of Agriculture, Agriculture Central Wing, at UWA’s Crawley Campus during office hours until 18 January 2017. To make donating easier, tins of chickpeas will be available for purchase for a gold coin. For further information, contact ioa@uwa.edu.au or call 6488 4717.

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