Having recently read an article called “The Truth About Soya”, my answer to this is no. This article highlighted the devastating affects that genetically modified soya crops are having on the South American rainforest. This region has a particularly rich biosphere, for example, in the Atlantic Forest in South America alone, there are over 8,000 plant species, over 450 types of trees, as well as twenty critically endangered species in existence here. Thanks to the planting of GM soya however, less than a 10th of the original forest still remains and many of these rare and wonderful species are disappearing as a result.
You may ask why are these new GM soya beans are so lethal for the environment. Well the answer is as follows: These new GM soya beans which have been produced by Monsanto are subject to a very special piece of legislation, which allows plantation owners to spray vast areas of land with a herbicide, which is so powerful that it wipes out all other plants except the GM soya beans. The result is that many countries rich biodiversity is being wiped out completely. A 2008 Friends of the Earth report estimates that another 1.5m hectares of Atlantic Forest could be wiped out to soya expansion by 2020 due to the increasing demand for this product.
Therefore is this soya bean really worth all this damage to our ecosystem?