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One of the first crops grown by man, the soybean plant was cultivated as early as the 11th century B.C. The soybean is native to eastern Asia and the ancient Chinese considered it one of the five sacred grains necessary for living. The Chinese word for soybean is ta tou which means “greater bean”. Like other legumes, soybeans obtain part of their nitrogen enrichment from the air through the action of certain nodule-forming bacteria living on the roots of the plant.
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