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Analysis: Brazil is producing more and more soy. Why does the world need so much of it?

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Why does Brazil, which is expected to set a new record this year, produce so much soy? A simple answer is that the grain is the basis for feeding animals that are very present in the human diet, such as chickens and pigs.

The protein content of the crop is much higher than other legumes such as beans. While soybean is 37% protein, this percentage drops to 20% in the carioca bean.

The grain is essential for feeding animals, not just those bred for consumption. Dogs and cats also eat feed made from soybean meal.

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