With Food Insecurity on the Rise, Balanced Bushel Offers American Families Pantry Staples for a Healthy Life: Beans and Pulses Straight from the American Farm


Portland, OR (July, 2022) In a recent paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the American College of Physicians (ACP) declared that inadequate access to nutrition has become a public health threat, with about 10% of the U.S. population suffering from food insecurity.[1] According to the paper, economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic may have interrupted years of progress in reducing the food insecurity rate in the United States. With Americans increasingly in need greater access to healthy foods, bean, pulse, and grain supplier Columbia Grain International (CGI) is making the highest quality nutrients available through its brand-new CPG line of beans and pulses, Balanced Bushel.

Launching in August, Balanced Bushel is CGI’s first foray into CPG products, through which it brings premium beans grown by producers in the northern United States straight to American households.

“Balanced Bushel aims to nourish the world with innovative ingredients, which we are pleased to bring Americans amid the growing concern around food insecurity,” said CGI Business Manager of Retail Products, Bill Germano.  “By bringing beans and pulses straight from our producers’ farms to consumers, we offer a new shelf-stable staple with which Americans can get their most important nutrients.”

According to the ACP, nutritional insecurity is associated with a plethora of health issues such as higher risks of birth defects, anemia, high cholesterol, and blood pressure, evident in the greater health care utilization rates of food insecure individuals.[2] A pantry stocked to maximum nutritional value will see no shortage of beans. Beans’ nutritional content includes polyphenols, an antioxidant that fights the effects of free radicals, damaging chemicals the body produces during the metabolic process, as well as folate, an important nutrient for creating red blood cells and preventing neural tube defects in fetus during pregnancy.[3]  With home-grown ingredients cultivated with trusted quality, Balanced Bushel enables individuals and families across the United States to ensure they get the nutrients they need for a healthy life.

“Balanced Bushel is dedicated to bringing the beans and pulses of American farmers to consumers,” said Germano. “As getting nourishing food to eat becomes a greater concern, our ingredients will help Americans stock their pantries with the best nutrients “

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