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June 05, 2019 - BBC

How to fix our broken food system

How to fix our broken food system
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Can we feed 10 billion people without destroying the environment?

I’d never spent much time thinking about chickpeas. That is, until I met Doug Cook, director of the Chickpea Innovation Lab at the University of California, Davis. Cook and his research team spent years hiking throughout south-east Turkey in search of wild chickpea plants. Using GPS data and information from local shepherds and village chiefs, Cook’s team collected more than 2,000 individual strains. Some have more protein than the varieties that we are used to eating.

Some are better at withstanding drought. Some aren’t bothered by certain pests. And when you start cross breeding them, the variations are endless.

Since chickpeas are a primary source of protein in several countries that contain 20% of the world’s population, the implications of Cook’s discoveries for feeding our growing population could be huge.

VA: The chickpea or chick pea is an annual legume, high in protein. It is known throughout the world be different names such as gram or Bengal gram, garbanzo or garbanzo bean, and the Egyptian pea. It is a common ingredient in hummus.

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