Soybeans, like all produce, begin in farmland that necessitates the use of all kinds of the Earth's resources. Every farmer must produce crops in their own way to support food sources for future generations, so Earth's limited resources are not lost forever.
The Earth's population is currently at approximately 7 billion. The population is estimated to reach 9 billion by 2050. In order to sustain food sources for 9 billion people with Earth's limited resources, it is necessary to switch to sustainable production methods that are more energy efficient and kind to the environment. Sustainability means the careful consideration of the effect of our actions on the environment and on society while moving into the future in a way that can sustain the world.
We eat soybean products such as miso, tofu and vegetable oil on a regular basis. These foods are a familiar sight on dinner tables throughout Japan, but the truth is that 76% of these soybeans are imported.
The countries we import from include the U.S. (72%), Brazil (16%), Canada (11%), and China (1%). As you can see, the majority of soybean products consumed in Japan are produced using U.S. soybeans.