The soybean (or soya bean) is a plant with fruit called beans, from Eastern Asia. The height of a grown soybean is between less than 20 centimetres and up to 2 metres. One soybean lives for only one year.
Soybean oil has a component of oleic acid that can be used to make an insect repellent. Also fuel can be made from soybeans.
In 1997, 81% of all soybeans were of genetically modified stock. This means that genes were changed directly.