Our taste for soybeans is devastating ecosystems and farmers are having a tough time meeting demand. What’s going on here? The bulk of our soy consumption isn’t in the form of tofu, tempeh, or edamame. People worldwide eat millions of pounds of “invisible soy” each year, because soy has become a staple in animal feed. If we’re really interested in feeding the world, maybe we need to rethink the way that we are using our soybean crops.
Animal agriculture uses soybeans terribly inefficiently. Instead of feeding this high protein bean directly to hungry people, we pass all of that edible protein through animals, and it’s proving problematic.
Lester Brown shares the story of soy in an excerpt from his book: Full Planet, Empty Plates. You can read the full excerpt below.
[Image Credit: Soybean Fields photo via Shutterstock]
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