Vigna mungo, or black gram, black lentil, mungo bean, and black matpe bean, was once considered to belong to the same species as the mung bean. White Lentils are actually the interior of the whole black lentil (Vigna mungo), or urad bean. Black lentils originat-ed in India, where they have been in cultivation since ancient times and continue to be one of the most highly prized pulses of the subcontinent. The dehusked seed is boiled and eaten whole or split.
Canada urgently needs a national food policy. Close to two and a half million Canadians are food insecure. Farmers and fishers are going out of business, our natural environment is being pushed to the limit, a quarter of Canadians are considered obese, and we are the only G8 country without a nationally-funded school meal program. The status quo is no longer an option.