Iowa soybeans head all over the globe, and a good chunk of them go to China. The recent Iowa soybean delegation to China visiting Guangdong province and observed the beans in their final state – animal feed.
As China has about two thirds of the world’s aquaculture industry, a large quantity of soybeans pass through feed mills and become fish food or in some cases, shrimp food.
Chinese producers with freshwater ponds raise shrimp, catifsh, which cause the water to boil when they’re fed.
There’s even a market for puffer fish, which Ken described as “fat little pigs with tiny fins, just waiting for their next meal, not realizing that’s what they’d be as soon as they were large enough.”