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Legumes are pods or fruits of the Fabales order of plants. They include beans, peas, peanuts, alfalfa, soybeans, and vetch. Legumes are important because of their use in human and animal feed and because of the various products they yield, including fibers, edible oils, and plastics. Consequently, industries based on legumes are significant in terms not just of providing nutrition, but also of creating inputs into other economic activities. The current value of legumes is estimated at around two billion dollars annually, with many more used as local food sources and not included in official statistics. Since legumes are of particular importance in improving land quality, the use of legumes is likely to intensify in the future as population growth, climate change, environmental degradation, and ...

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