Soybeans are a species of legumes that is rich in proteins. It has numerous uses. They are extremely popular in east Asia, and now in mainstream cuisine.
Hundreds of tonnes of soybeans are produced every year. Most of the products based on soybeans participate to its importation. It’s possible and recommended to buy soybeans locally produced.
Since it has interesting properties, soybeans are notoriously targeted by corporations for genetic manipulations and biotech food. Always buy organic soy-based products.