The United States is one of the world's largest producers of soybeans, with Brazil as its main competition in the field. The U.S. grows some $40 billion worth of soybeans annually, but American consumers barely eat any of it: despite its massive soybean production infrastructure, the country imports at least 90 percent of the edamame consumed in the U.S.

The secret lies with the types of soybeans grown in each country. American soy is mature and allowed to grow to its adult stage, making it perfect for animal feed. Soymilk and tofu are made from rehydrated and pulverized mature beans, but edamame is made from the young, tender green beans which aren't grown as commonly in the U.S., reports Modern Farmer. Full Story

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