National Geographic : 1987 Jul
been such an unimportant crop during the New Deal, there were no acreage restric tions on the bean, as there were on cotton and corn. Every farmer could plant as much of it as he liked. Livestock was cleared out, pastures plowed under, and acreage switched away from cotton and corn. Soybean agriculture is not that different from that of other commodities, the Fullens said, but there are some differences. As soy bean acreage grew, those differences be came more important. For one, soybean agriculture is less labor-intensive than other crops, especially cotton. The bean is less Making his early morning rounds, HirojiKiyokawa delivers tofu door-to-doorin Kyoto. He and hisfamily makefresh tofu daily in their shop, one of 25,000 in Japan. Such small businesses are threat ened, however, by the advent of cheaper, mass-producedtofu now sold in supermarkets.