Did you know

that non-GMO large seeded soybeans have been consumed in the Oriental countries for thousands of years. This fact may have contributed to those people’s health as demonstrated in the significant difference in health risks between the West and Far East. It is common knowledge that Japan and other Asian countries have a higher life expectancy and lower risk for diseases like diabetes, prostate and breast cancer, arteriosclerosis, osteoporosis, and others so rampant in the West. When soya was eventually brought  to the West, it’s value as a source of protein for animal feed was realized and today 95% of soya produced in the West goes for animal feed.  In the West it was developed with the focus on yield and mechanized production for animal feed rather than for human consumption. The result is that the GMO soya produced in the West now looks and taste significantly different than the traditional soya cultivated in the Eastern countries of origin.


– a Japanese word for “beans on a stork” and is a commonly consumed bean in the Eastern Countries. There are many different varieties of Edamame beans… They come in different colours and sizes and can also be consumed in many ways; some are picked immature (still green) and served lightly boiled in salt water, some are picked dry mature and used for making roasted soy nuts, soymilk, tofu, fermented products or used in the kitchen to prepare a wide variety of protein dishes. The green immature NON-GMO bean is gaining popularity in Western countries. Commercial GMO soybeans currently grown in South Africa are smaller in size, whereas the dry mature Edamame bean grown in South Africa is bigger, comes in different colours, has a sweeter taste and is NON-GMO.