The beneficial bean (YouTube video)



An overview of dry bean production in California, including the nutrition of beans.University of California, Davis
January 17, 2014

This YouTube video (produced by the Calif. Dept. of Food and Agriculture, and California Grown) provides an informative overview of dry bean production in California.

The challenges of field production and marketing are addressed, along with the nutritional and environmental health aspects of bean production.

The video features Professor Paul Gepts, UC Davis Dept. of Plant Sciences, whose research focuses on breeding dry beans. In the video he discusses the global importance of the nutrition (proteins, vitamins, fiber) provided by beans. Gepts also addresses the environmental importance of bean production — being legumes, they improve the health of soil by adding much-needed nitrogen to the soil, which decreases the amount of fertilizer that needs to be added during crop production.

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