Soy is one of the world's most important agricultural commodities. It is the largest source of global protein, an integral part of our meat, fish and dairy industries and an important component in many other products and fuel.
Today, hundreds of millions of people around the world eat meat, eggs and dairy products from animals fed on soy, and traces of soy are found in countless processed foods.
In the last 50 years, the area of land devoted to soy has grown tenfold, to over 1 million square kilometres – equivalent to the total combined area of France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. And this expansion shows no sign of stopping: the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) suggests soy production will almost double by 2050 (Source: WWF, The Growth of Soy Impact and Solutions).
So it is vital that the environmental and social impacts of soy production are minimised, and that everyone working across the soy supply chain joins the journey towards a future where global soy production is sustainable. That means no deforestation caused, no loss of valuable habitats, good standards of working conditions and no negative impacts on local communities.
1 Source: SOPA
2 Source: WWF