The APPG on Agroecology for Sustainable Food and Farming combined its 2016 AGM with co-hosting an event in the House of Commons to celebrate the United Nations International Year of the Pulses. The event on Tuesday 19th July was co-sponsored by a member of the Environment Audit Committee, Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP for Bristol East.

The British Edible Pulse Association (BEPA) showcased the best of British pulse growers and suppliers from across the UK, as well as promoting the health and environmental benefits of pulses.

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer, co-chair of the APPG on Agroecology for Sustainable Food and Farming said, “The United Nations declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses to raise awareness of pulses as an affordable, sustainable, healthy and nutritious food source. We are encouraged by the work of BEPA and welcome the government’s efforts in giving greater prominence to pulses in its revised dietary guidelines, the Eatwell Plate “.

Kerry McCarthy MP, Officers of the APPG and fellow parliamentarians will continue to support pulse growing in the UK as a crucial part of the solution to current challenges, recognising the significance in reducing cholesterol while providing essential proteins and amino acids in our diets. Pulses are good for the environment, by fixing their own nitrogen in the soil, which makes them an integral part in most modern UK arable farms.

All Parliamentary Officers were re-elected. The group will continue to focus on climate change and farming with a particular focus on soil.

Financial Accounts were accepted and are available on request.