2016, international year of beans

This 1 January 2016 video is called Happy International Year Of Pulses!

2016 is not only the year of the northern lapwing; and of the lion’s mane fungus.

From the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations:

International Year of Pulses 2016

The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP) (A/RES/68/231)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been nominated to facilitate the implementation of the Year in collaboration with Governments, relevant organizations, non-governmental organizations and all other relevant stakeholders.

The IYP 2016 aims to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition. The Year will create a unique opportunity to encourage connections throughout the food chain that would better utilize pulse-based proteins, further global production of pulses, better utilize crop rotations and address the challenges in the trade of pulses.

What are pulses and why are they important?

Pulses are annual leguminous crops yielding between one and 12 grains or seeds of variable size, shape and colour within a pod, used for both food and feed.  The term “pulses” is limited to crops harvested solely for dry grain, thereby excluding crops harvested green for food, which are classified as vegetable crops, as well as those crops used mainly for oil extraction and leguminous crops that are used exclusively for sowing purposes (based on the definition of “pulses and derived products” of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations).

Pulse crops such as lentils, beans, peas and chickpeas are a critical part of the general food basket.  Pulses are a vital source of plant-based proteins and amino acids for people around the globe and should be eaten as part of a healthy diet to address obesity, as well as to prevent and help manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, coronary conditions and cancer; they are also an important source of plant-based protein for animals.

In addition, pulses are leguminous plants that have nitrogen-fixing properties which can contribute to increasing soil fertility and have a positive impact on the environment.

The IYP website will be the main platform to share information and relevant resources with different partners. The current version will be updated soon, please come back for more information.

Christmas dinner for refugees in Dutch Nijmegen

This November 2015 video about a pro refugee demonstration is called Nijmegen Refugees Welcome Sign Up.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Asylum seekers in Nijmegen still get Christmas dinner

Today, 12:44

Nijmegen people and asylum seekers will still eat together, to compensate for the canceled cooking night earlier this week. Regional broadcasters Omroep Gelderland reports that the municipal council has invited a group of refugees to join them at their annual Christmas dinner.

Last Monday night volunteers in a nursing home planned to have a cooking evening for Nijmegen people and residents of refugee emergency shelters in Heumensoord. Website GeenStijl

xenophobic right-wingers, linked to xenophobic PowNed broadcasting corporation

wrote about the plan and PVV

Geert Wildersrefugee hating party

politician Marjolein Faber called on her supporters to come to protest against the cookery evening. She suggested that the elderly residents would be endangered by the presence of asylum seekers.

That was Ms Faber’s ‘fertile’ imagination. Not one of the elderly people at the nursing home had complained.

Volunteers organising the cooking evening received many offensive and threatening reactions, and thus was created a threatening atmosphere so that the organization decided to cancel the evening.


The Nijmegen councilors said they are appalled by those threats and insults. “Intimidation and threats, that is an atmosphere which we worry about,” said the Nijmegen political party caucus chairs.

Ms Faber’s PVV does not have a single seat in the Nijmegen local council. She lives about as far from Nijmegen as one can live in Gelderland province. She is involved in a financial scandal.

The City Council wishes to express its support for the volunteers. “We are proud of the many volunteers who endeavour to make the stay of the refugees as dignified as possible. Therefore, we will invite them and a group of refugees at the annual Christmas dinner of this city council.”

Skating for refugees in The Hague: here.

Food for wild birds in Britain

This video from Britain says about itself:

23 November 2015

If you are joining in with this weekend’s traditional Christmas pudding or cake making extravaganza on Stir-up Sunday; don’t forget to include some Suet-Cakes (Fat-Balls) in your baking for the birds.

For more information on feeding birds and wildlife, visit www.rspb.org.uk.