Why are legumes such a big deal?
Vegetables, including beans, lentils, and corn, account for about 50 percent of the global diet, according to the World Health Organization.
In 2017, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimated that about 2 billion people needed to be fed more than 6 billion metric tons of these vegetables per year.
To feed that much, they’re usually cooked and served in stir-fries or with pasta.
But in the past few years, there have been a few big changes in how we eat legumes.
One of those changes was the rapid rise in the production of legumes, a trend that’s only accelerated in recent years.
Today, most countries use soybeans and corn for their staple food, and they’re still growing at a slower pace than in previous decades.
So far, however, these crops are relatively cheap and plentiful.
“I think the soybean and corn farmers are going to be really good at feeding themselves, and it’s going to take time to feed them,” says Kevin Mather, an expert in agricultural technology and policy at the University of Pennsylvania.
But that’s not the end of the story, according the FAO.
The organization says legumes are also being considered for use in food, medicine, and even biofuels.
But for the first time, there’s an actual threat that the food and farming industries are trying to kill the trend.
The food industry has been working to get farmers to switch to using legumes for more than a decade.
In 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a voluntary rule that requires farmers to grow beans and lentils over the next 10 years or face fines.
But now, the Trump administration is rolling back that rule.
That means farmers will now be able to grow just about any other crop they want for free.
The government says the move is intended to save farmers money by giving them a chance to make a more informed decision on whether to use a plant or a crop.
It’s also intended to give consumers more choice in the way they eat food, which is good for the environment.
The USDA says the new rule will allow farmers to use whatever crop they’d like.
It says it won’t affect people who have a “special dietary requirement,” meaning they’re vegetarian or vegan.
But farmers and food producers have been fighting this rule for years.
They say the move will give them more control over how they produce their products, and that’s bad for food safety.
“The USDA’s decision to eliminate the requirement to grow and market legumes will leave farmers with a lot of flexibility in how they grow and sell their crops,” said Mather.
“It’s going up to the food industry to create the market for a new crop.”
The rule will be rolled out across the U