Sojadialogen / The Soy dialogue
Axfoundation takes over from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as host of The Soya Debate in 2018. This means that Axfoundation will be responsible for the coordinating and coordinating role of the network that works for sustainable soya production.
The Soya Debate was formed in 2014 as an industry-wide initiative whereby members contribute on a voluntarily basis to the development of more responsible soya production. Members include Swedish feed companies, food producers, associations and trading companies throughout the food chain – from farm to fork.
Members commit to taking responsibility for all the soya used in feed for the production of animal food and products for human consumption within the framework of what the company can influence in its supply chain. They assume responsibility for fostering responsible production, regardless of whether the product is of Swedish or foreign origin. This is achieved by the soya being certified to a credible standard, or a volume covered by such certificates or from a traceable area which The Soya Debate considers sufficient to be verified by independent third parties.
Background: The soya bean (soy in the US) is one of the world’s largest crops. The majority of soya beans cultivated becomes flour for animal feed for the production of meat, milk, eggs and farmed fish. In line with increased global consumption of meat and other animal food, global demand for soya has increased rapidly, especially in South America. In South America, extremely large-scale cultivation has been established at the expense of unique natural areas such as Atlantic rainforest, Cerrado and Chaco. Even the Amazon has been affected. The loss of valuable biodiversity also results in the loss of important ecosystem resources such as water supply and pollination, as well as substantial greenhouse gas emissions. Vast amounts of chemicals are used on soya bean crops with negative effects on the environment and human health. There are also indications of forced labour and slavery, and that local people are deprived of rights to their land. Simultaneously, soya cultivation contributes to the economic development in the affected countries.
Demands made by the Swedish food market can influence more responsible development in South America as well as other cultivation areas and help develop a market for responsible production soya. Responsible production includes requirements for nature, environment and local communities, acceptable conditions for workers, and responsible use of agricultural chemicals. An important requirement is that expansion of crops does not occur in areas of high natural value or destroy important ecosystem resources or social and cultural values.
Contact Hanna Skoog at Axfoundation to find out more, or if your organization would like to join The Soya Debate.