Soybean Demand and Amazon Rainforest Destruction

The soybean is everywhere, yet it is virtually invisible, embedded in livestock and poultry products. A glaring, dangerous effect of trying to satisfy the global demand for soybeans, however, is deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

Soybeans are the second-ranking U.S. crop, after corn. Since 1950, the world soybean harvest has climbed from 17 million tons to 250 million tons.