01 May '12, 11am

The dark side of soya: how one super crop lost its way

The dark side of soya: how one super crop lost its way

Once credited with power to prevent cancer and combat high cholesterol, over the last few years, evidence that soya is far from a superfood has begun to emerge. And it’s not just the potentially negative health impact of the bean that has former supporters up in arms: it’s the environmental impact. In the UK we rely heavily on soya, or soy, and it's not just for vegetarian food. It is a hidden product in many foods and everyday items such as soap. It is a cheap source of protein for people as well as animals and according to Greenpeace , 80 per cent of soya worldwide is used for the livestock industry. WWF add that the UK consumption alone requires an area the size of Yorkshire to be planted with soya every year. So how did soya go from super crop to super bad? Deforestation and slavery Brazil, the second biggest grower and the biggest exporter of soya, is such a big playe...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/food_and_d...

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