I came across this short but beautiful article – I just had to share it will you all.

“During the Dust Bowl, soybeans did more that just revive the earth. They helped revive America.”

The 1930’s. The Great Depression turned the land of opportunity into a land of despair. Struggling farmers, in an attempt to┬áread greater profits, cultivated large tracts throughout the Great Plains. This removed precious nutrients and moisture from the soil, putting a great strain on the land. Couple that with cattle overgrazing and a drought courtesy of Mother Nature, and the Dust Bowl was born.

Enter the soybean. Packed with soil-replenishing nitrogen, it gave back to the land what crops like corn and wheat stripped away. Planted in large quantities, and utilized in crop-rotation practices first developed in ancient China, soybeans helped suppress erosion and hold the ground together.

With the stabilization of the land helping to stabilize the economy, America was slowly pulled out of the Great Depression. Thanks in part to the amazing soybean – for over 5,000 years an integral part of cultures and diets.

Edamame anyone?