Business & Finance: Little Honorable Plant

Writing in 2838 B.C., Emperor Shên-Nung, the father of Chinese agriculture, listed no less than 300 medicinal properties to be found in the soybean, a legume known throughout the Orient as "The Little Honorable Plant." For at least five millenniums the soybean has been a Far Eastern staple, ranking with rice as a food, standing alone in the number of uses to which it could be put. It is the backbone of Manchukuo economy, two-thirds of the world's annual crop of 6,000,000 tons of soybeans being raised on the farms of that Japanese puppet...

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