Morsels: Harvest Special, Magic Beans, Pedal Power, Wrinkled Peas, Food Standards

Morsels: Harvest Special, Magic Beans, Pedal Power, Wrinkled Peas, Food Standards

by Nick Saltmarsh

Nourishing nuggets from recent weeks:

  • Countryfile's Harvest Special 2020 featured farmer Herny Raker's Norfolk chickpea harvest and Hodmedod's Josiah Meldrum discussing diverse cropping with Adam Henson.
  • The Magic Bean Solution - Wicked Leeks' Nina Pullman talks to Essex farmer George Young and Hodmedod about the benefits of pulses in crop rotations and our favourite topic crop diversity.
  • Bicycle Powered Thresher - Farm Hack provides complete instructions for building a pedal powered threshing machine, perfect for any small crops of beans, grains or seeds.
  • Wrinkled ‘super pea’ could be added to foods to reduce diabetes risk - Scientists at Imperial College, the John Innes Centre, Quadram Institute Bioscience and the University of Glasgow have found that wrinkled peas (varieties most commonly grown for freezing) have naturally high levels of resistant starch that help prevent type 2 diabetes. We will be working with these academic institutions to trial and assess new wrinkled pea products - watch this space!
  • *Sign this letter to MPs to protect UK food standards!* - With the Governent's Agriculture Bill coming back to the House of Commons on 4th November, the Farms to Feed Us coalition is collecting signatures to demonstrate public support for protection of British food and farming standards in the face of Brexit and the threat of imports of low-quality food.

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