Soybeans are being produced on fragile systems of land, susceptible to soil erosion. Furthermore, soy production causes soil compaction, exhausting the soil of its nutrients and value to the ecosystem. In the late 1990s, over 100 thousand hectares of land in Bolivia were abandoned because they were so damaged from growing soybeans. Soybean production requires immense quantities of water. Approximately 530 gallons of water are needed to produce a mere two pounds of soybeans.