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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Here's an Obscure Federal Provision That People Can Get Behind (Involving Chickpeas!)

Posted by on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 6:00 AM

In this moment of angst over all the scary things that Congressional fine print ends up enabling, here's some new Congressional fine print—championed by Washington Senator Maria Cantwell—that could be great:

Cantwell’s Pulse School Pilot provision would provide the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) $10 million through 2017 to purchase pulse crops [that is, American-grown peas, lentils and chickpeas] to use in school breakfasts and lunches.

This could include raw beans and lentils as well as foods made from pulse crops, such as hummus. Flours made from pulse crops could also be added to breads, tortillas and pastas to enhance their nutritional value.

In further food shrewdness, Cantwell notes: "Washington state is the top chickpea producer in the nation—producing nearly half of the nation’s total—and third in the nation for pea and lentil production."

More chickpea jobs in Washington + more tax revenue for state government + healthier lunches in our public schools = DELICIOUS. The Senate just passed Cantwell's measure as part of the Farm Bill. Next up, the House...


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emma's bee 2
Truly a proposal made of win.
Posted by emma's bee on June 12, 2013 at 6:35 AM · Report this
seatackled 3
Chickpeas and lentils for school breakfasts?!! Hummus and tortillas?!!!!

It's the first step toward the world Caliphate!!! And a stealth Reconquista!!!!
Posted by seatackled on June 12, 2013 at 6:50 AM · Report this
@3 Hummus and tortillas for breakfast? Please! :D

Maybe add some chorizo to have a meat in the mix. :D
Posted by Queerly Yours on June 12, 2013 at 7:57 AM · Report this
I think this is what's known as "vegan infrastructure".
Posted by Actionsquid on June 12, 2013 at 8:06 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 6
i once got food poisoning from hummus. so it's not all sunshine and puppies, vegan overlords.
Posted by Max Solomon on June 12, 2013 at 8:10 AM · Report this
Clara T 7
According to the Paleo blather these foods are literally poisonous.
Posted by Clara T on June 12, 2013 at 8:10 AM · Report this
Sandiai 8
Hummas is better with pita. A soft flat pita that's warmed a little before serving. Everybody knows this. COME ON!
Posted by Sandiai on June 12, 2013 at 8:24 AM · Report this
seatackled 9

I don't eat sunshine and puppies.
Posted by seatackled on June 12, 2013 at 8:34 AM · Report this
bgk 10
Further proof that WA state rules.
Posted by bgk on June 12, 2013 at 8:53 AM · Report this
mkyorai 11
Fuck hummus. It tastes almost, but not exactly, like garlic flavored dirt.
Posted by mkyorai on June 12, 2013 at 9:07 AM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 12
11, mmmmm...... garlic flavor...... ::drools::
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on June 12, 2013 at 9:21 AM · Report this
internet_jen 13
I've been eating lentils for lunch all this month to save pennies! Week 1 was Minestrone Lentils, Week 2 has been Curried Lentils. Week 3 will be Chili Lentils/Beans. Week 4 will be frozen Minestrone, Curry, Chili leftovers. All cooked in a cock pot with a bunch of food processed veggies.

I'm pinching pennies because I found out I will have moving costs in Sept 1st. Landlord is putting the house on the market.

Posted by internet_jen on June 12, 2013 at 9:46 AM · Report this
I don't think we should be taking culinary advice from someone who knows so much about what tastes "almost" or "exactly" like garlic-flavored dirt.
Posted by Actionsquid on June 12, 2013 at 10:05 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 15
@8 is correct.

Garlic flavored dirt tastes different.
Posted by Will in Seattle on June 12, 2013 at 11:29 AM · Report this
Neat. Our kids might actually eat lentils made from pork. God bless America.
Posted by David from Chicago on June 12, 2013 at 11:54 AM · Report this
balderdash 17
Hummus is fucking delicious, as long as it's made with plenty of tahini, which basically means if I make it myself. Fuck your weak pre-packaged hummuses.

Actually, lentils are fucking delicious too.

Man, I like Maria Cantwell.
Posted by balderdash on June 12, 2013 at 12:57 PM · Report this

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