Feelings on soy production and the risks of high soy consumption as well as the fact that just about all soy produced is genetically engineered?
The biggest issue with soy crops is how bad they’ve become for the environment:
The expansion of soybean plantations into forests also contributes to climate change. Deforestation is responsible for about 15% of all the global greenhouse gas emissions caused by people.
Soil erosion and environmental impacts from the ever increasing use of pesticides are also a growing problem where soybeans are grown.
Runoff from soy production can carry substantial levels of agrochemicals, suspended soil and organic matter. This is a major source of freshwater and groundwater contamination, which can have serious impacts on the health of people and wildlife. [x]
Now it is important to note the following:
This scenario paints vegans as being perpetrators of the massive environmental devastation that is, indeed, occurring worldwide as a result of the growing demand for soy.
When examined just a little more closely, it becomes clear that this theory is quite ludicrous. There is no way that the current population of vegetarians and vegans could possibly create such demand for soy. In fact, the disturbing reality that is being revealed about the ecological destruction caused by commercial soy sounds more like something one would associate with… well… the animal industry. The emergence of vast monocultures that are destroying huge tracts of Amazon forest, catastrophic depletion of water and other resources, colossal pesticide usage, enormous reliance on genetic engineering… It sounds like yet another illustration of the callous disregard for the future of our planet for which the animal industry has become infamous.
Sure enough, feeding animals raised for food is the number one use of soy worldwide, and it outweighs the other uses of soy by a long shot.
According to www.soyatech.com:
“About 85 percent of the world’s soybean crop is processed into meal and vegetable oil, and virtually all of that meal is used in animal feed. Some two percent of the soybean meal is further processed into soy flours and proteins for food use… Approximately six percent of soybeans are used directly as human food, mostly in Asia.” [x]
Secondly soy is derived from the soya bean, a cholesterol-free legume that is high in protein and low in saturated fat. Soy has a high-fiber content and contains an abundance of vitamins and minerals, including calcium, iron, potassium and zinc. Soy is rich in B vitamins and a good source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. It is present in many foods, including meat products, cereals and baked goods.
There are a lot of myths around soy. Take a look at this article about a doctor debunking the myths.
Almost everything “omnivores” eat has soy in it, vegans can avoid soy very easy. There are organic soy and most of the products made of soy made for vegans most of the times are labelled as GMO-free. Most of the Genetically Modified Soy is used directly to feed animals, not humans.