Thought soybeans were off the environmental hook? Not so fast. Soybean farming is one of the main causes of tropical deforestation, a serious environmental issue that also affects soil erosion, water quality, biodiversity, and climate change. It’s true that most soybeans are grown for livestock feed (about 80%) but a small proportion also becomes tofu, cheese, and yogurt so even vegetarians don’t get off Scott-free. The best way to reduce your impact on deforestation is to eat less meat and dairy, however, choosing to buy only ‘Amazon friendly’ soy brands also plays an important role.