COMMODITIES: Saga of Superbean

Faster growing than sugar cane or cotton, more protein-packed than fresh red meat, able to reap more foreign cash than any other farm product . . . It's a plant, it's an export, it's Superbean!

The once lowly U.S. soybean has indeed become super. It is the nation's No. 1 cash crop, most valuable farm export, and most volatile and controversial commodity. An increasingly affluent world wants more and more soybeans because they are great sources of protein for hogs, poultry−and people. Soybean oil is the major ingredient in salad and cooking oils and margarine. Ground up, the bean...

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