Unsustainability of Soy Crops
“The soybean industry is causing widespread deforestation and displacement of small farmers and indigenous peoples around the globe.” -WorldWildlife.org
Worldwildlife.org does a great job of explaining the soy crisis, not only in the US but all around the world. Sadly, soy is not sustainable for the planet as the rate of soil erosion associated with soy bean cultivation is several times greater than the earth can keep up with. It generates greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change and is also responsible for pushing small farmers and communities off of their land, encouraging exploitation of workers. Agrochemicals and fertilizers are used to manage these soybean farms, and those chemicals are a major source of nutrient pollution in rivers, lakes and estuaries.
This video is from greenpeace.org explaining the deforestation of the rainforest for soy farming and the strides the Soya Moratorium has made to slow the deforestation down.
"In the U.S. alone, over 80 million acres of land are covered in soybeans. That’s hundreds of thousands of acres of deforestation, habitat destruction, over-cultivation and destruction of soils, and billions of tons of toxic chemicals spewed into the environment year after year, contaminating our soils, water, and destroying wildlife and human health.
Genetically modified soy was specifically developed to withstand the toxins so farmers could spray even more pesticides on them without diminishing yields.
Over 80% of all soybeans grown in the U.S. (and two-thirds worldwide) are genetically-modified to withstand the herbicide glyphosate, which is usually sold under the trade name Roundup. Because so much Roundup is used on these crops, the residue levels in the harvested crops greatly exceed what until very recently was the allowable legal limit. For the technology to be commercially viable, the FDA had to triple the limit on residues of glyphosate that can remain on the crop."
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