They’re the butt of endless jokes and a toilet humor staple, but now it seems the humble bean is having a moment. Living up to its superfood reputation, new research suggests that legumes might just help save the world. The Breakthrough Effect, a study by academics at the University of Exeter, found that swapping burgers for beans and other plan-based foods on public sector menus -- from prisons to schools and hospitals – could act as one of three “super-leverage” tipping points capable of triggering a cascade of decarbonization. No wonder the UN has started a campaign to “fix the future with beans,” called Beans is How, which aims to double global bean consumption by 2028. Increasing bean consumption has the potential to not only deliver massive CO2 savings, but also slash deforestation and free up land used for growing livestock feed.

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