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The soybean (US) or soya bean (UK) (Glycine max) is a species of legume native to East Asia, widely grown for its edible bean which has numerous uses. The plant is classified as an oilseed rather than a pulse by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).
Soya beans are a globally important crop, providing both oil and protein. Soybean products appear in a large variety of processed foods. Cultivation is successful in climates with hot summers, with optimum growing conditions in mean temperatures of 20 to 30