The Story of Soy


Part 1 Global Soyabean Production

This section details how much soy is produced and how it is used.  It estimates the land used for soy production and the main exporters and importers.  It shows how the increase in global poultry, pork, and farmed fish consumption is driving continued soy production. 

You can download this as a pdf here (2.4 MB) 


Part 2 – Biodiversity and Habitat Loss from Soybean Production

Soy is being grown in some of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet.  This section outlines the scale of the impact of soy monocultures for animal feed in these regions.  The report focuses on the impacts in the US Great Plains, the Amazon, the Cerrado, the S American Atlantic Forest, the Gran Chaco and the Chiquitano and describes the precious biodiversity of these regions.  

You can download this as a pdf here (7.6MB) 


Part 3 – The Human Impact of Soy Production

Along with the loss of biodiversity and natural ecosystems, soy production causes a number of other environmental and social problems. Soy is an intensively grown crop, with high demands for resources such as energy, water, agro-chemicals and fertilisers. Here we give a brief outline of some of these effects including soil erosion, water pollution, pesticide and herbicide use, social conflict, increasedrates of cancer, climate change and even slavery. 

You can download this as a pdf here (5.8MB) 


You can download the full report as a pdf here (15.6 MB) 




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