The way that any product is grown can be harmful to the environment if it is not done so correctly (think about the negative effects of “growing” livestock). The reason soy has gotten attention lately about being bad for the environment is because SO much of of it is being grown right now as it is used for an array of purposed (including being used to feed livestock… surprise surprise). Because demand for soy is so high right now, it is largely being grown in an unsustainable way. Most soy is genetically altered and high demand has even led farmers in South America to knock down larger areas of some rain forests to make room to grow the product. As you can see, soy itself is not inherently bad for the environment, but the vast demand is encouraging many people to grow it in an unsustainable and harmful fashion.
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