Soyfoods in your diet
- According to the USDA, most adults need between 40 and 60 grams of protein per day. Meeting you daily requirement can be easy if you include soyfoods into your diet.
- Because soy protein is an excellent source of nutrition, programs such as WISHH, the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health, have started shipping soy overseas to provide support of malnourished children in developing countries.
- The Solae Company in Memphis produces high-quality soy protein isolates, which they shipped to malnourished children in Liberia with the support of Tennessee Soybean and WISHH.
- Most “Vegetable Oil” on grocery store shelves is actually soybean oil.
General Soybean Facts
- Soybeans are measured in units of volume called “bushels.” A bushel of soybeans weighs 60 pounds.
- Soybeans are used in a variety of products including fuel, animal feed, food products and industrial products. Food + Fuel infographic
- Soybeans are approximately 80 percent meal and 20 percent oil. Soybean Composition infographic
- The current world population is approximately 6.8 billion people. By 2044, that number is expected to grow more than 2 billion.
- Global and domestic soybean shipments follow common tracks to get from farm to table. Farm to Table infographic
Soybean farmers work year round to ensure they provide the best quality product to the consumer. Most people think that farmers just plant the seed, wait for the crop to grow, and then they harvest. Farming involves much more than just planting and harvesting. Our farmers have to handle the day-to-day operations of their farms. After the busy season of planting and harvesting the crops, farmers also have other responsibilities to attend to such as:
- storing and selling grains
- feeding livestock
- preparing fields for their next rotation of crops
- doing maintenance on machinery and barns
- inspect and repair fences and boundary lines to ensure
- cleaning out barns
- caring for livestock
- attending agriculture related meetings
A farmer’s work is never done. Tennessee farmers do much more than can be listed above. Our farmers are also our agriculture advocates. They attend events not only in the state of Tennessee, but all over the country and around the world.