A combine harvester gathers soybeans during the harvest season in Illinois, the US. The legume originated in China before becoming one of America’s biggest exports. Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg A combine harvester gathers soybeans during the harvest season in Illinois, the US. The legume originated in China before becoming one of America’s biggest exports. Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
A combine harvester gathers soybeans during the harvest season in Illinois, the US. The legume originated in China before becoming one of America’s biggest exports. Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

How United States became world’s top soybean producer, what it does with them, and why US-China trade war makes crop’s future uncertain

  • The soybean originated in China, but with the help of government and Congress, the US has become the world’s biggest grower
  • Americans don’t much like eating soy, and half the crop is exported. But with China reducing imports from US amid trade war, the good times may be over

Topic |   Food and agriculture
A combine harvester gathers soybeans during the harvest season in Illinois, the US. The legume originated in China before becoming one of America’s biggest exports. Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg A combine harvester gathers soybeans during the harvest season in Illinois, the US. The legume originated in China before becoming one of America’s biggest exports. Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
A combine harvester gathers soybeans during the harvest season in Illinois, the US. The legume originated in China before becoming one of America’s biggest exports. Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
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