New Hope for Responsible Soy Production

6 October 2006

Soy producers, processors and traders as well as financial institutions and civil society groups came together in early September in Asunción, Paraguay, at the second Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS), to give this multi-stakeholder initiative the formal status of a new international organisation. The organisation has the mandate to reduce the negative impacts of soy production, and is in part the result of growing consumer demand for environmentally and socially sustainable soy. Its goals include the protection of biodiversity from conversion of natural habitats to agriculture, the improvement of agricultural practices, and the soy industry’s full compliance with labour laws.

The new organisation’s immediate tasks are to create globally applicable principles, criteria and indicators for the responsible production, processing and trade of soy within the next 18 months.

"The private sector is beginning to understand that it needs to do its homework, and quickly, in order to avoid less desirable outcomes such as product boycotts or the establishment of non-tariff barriers to eradicate irresponsibly produced soy," commented Leonardo Lacerda of WWF’s Global Forests Programme.

Soy is used in edible foodstuffs and oils, cosmetics, and feed for livestock, such as cattle, pigs, poultry and fish.

"Responsible soy on the way," WWF RELEASE, 4 September 2006.

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