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Asia's Insatiable Lentil Lust Means Farms Switch to Pulses

  • AGT Food says Canada growers will plant record acres of pulses
  • Demand also rises as companies add lentils to cereals, snacks
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The humble pea is taking over.

With vegetarians in Asia hungry for lentils, chickpeas and other sources of protein, North American farmers are swapping out wheat in favor of pulses -- plants harvested for their dry seeds, such as legumes. AGT Food and Ingredients Inc., the world’s largest exporter of peas and lentils, says farmers in Canada are poised to seed record acres of the crops this year.