Eat more beans! And peas, lentils, chickpeas…

Eat more beans! And peas, lentils, chickpeas…

by Nick Saltmarsh February 08, 2023

In our work at Hodmedod we celebrate and enjoy pulses every day of the year, but World Pulses Day is an opportunity to step back and consider the wider picture. Pulses really can play a crucial role in mitigating the global challenges of poverty, food security and nutrition, human health, and soil health.

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Have we been doing it all wrong? Diversity for resilience

Have we been doing it all wrong? Diversity for resilience

by Josiah Meldrum August 07, 2022

Diverse systems are more productive and they’re almost always more resilient because complex systems have ‘redundancy’ - something might fail but there’s something else to fill the gap.

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Beyond COP26: driving change through beans and more

Beyond COP26: driving change through beans and more

by Nick Saltmarsh November 20, 2021 1 Comment

As COP26 closed without the strong and binding commitments we urgently need, we have to maintain pressure on our leaders and to drive change through our actions as individuals and members of communities and organisations. This is what we’ve aimed to do through Hodmedod.

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Norfolk Chickpeas in a Changing Climate

Norfolk Chickpeas in a Changing Climate

by Josiah Meldrum June 09, 2021

Last year (field scale chickpea production year 2) was a real struggle: drought through much of the season, intense heat in late May, then extraordinary rainfall in August. This year (chickpea year 3) hasn’t started much better to be honest: a cold start and prolonged wet conditions are not what chickpeas like.

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There is No Silver Bullet

There is No Silver Bullet

by Josiah Meldrum October 11, 2020

This evening, along with Henry our chickpea grower, we’ll be featured on BBC Countryfile. It’s a harvest episode and the section we’re in sees Adam reflecting on a poor oil seed rape (OSR) harvest then traveling out to find alternatives.⁣ Who knows quite how it’ll come out in the edit, but our aim was to explain that there is no alternative. No single crop that can be dropped into a rotation to solve the problems that come with a reductive, commodity focused system of supply.

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Changing climate, challenging weather

Changing climate, challenging weather

by William Hudson April 14, 2020

The 2019/20 winter must have been one one the most challenging UK farming has had to endure for many years. We've recently had the wettest period of weather on record with particularly severe flooding affecting the North and West. But even in the South East farmers have not been able to get on the land as it's been so wet. 

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Grow Beans to Fight Climate Change

Grow Beans to Fight Climate Change

by Nick Saltmarsh October 26, 2015

A new report from the Vegan Society makes a strong case against industrial livestock production and in favour of a shift to more plant-based agriculture.

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