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Pledge to increase responsible soy for livestock feed

By Carina Perkins , 24-May-2012
Last updated on 25-May-2012 at 12:17 GMT2012-05-25T12:17:29Z

The Roundtable for Responsible Soy (RTRS) has set an annual target to produce and distribute five million tonnes of responsibly grown soy by 2015.

Nearly 300,00t of RTRS certified soy has been sold for consumer goods and animal feed since June 2011, and the group has gathered in London for its 7th Annual Conference (23-24 May), to discuss how to secure future supplies.

Jaap Oskam, president of RTRS and chief procurement officer (CPO) of Nutreco said: “Soy production has been held accountable for a number of issues including environmental degradation, social breakdown and worker exploitation. The RTRS was created as a global, multi-stakeholder initiative to tackle these issues and transform the soy industry, creating demand for responsible soy at all stages of the supply chain.

“Over the last year we have seen the first RTRS certified soy come on to the market and the time is right to hear the views from across the supply chain and build the future of the responsible soy industry.

“Key purchasers of soy now want to use responsible soy exclusively and we have growing numbers of producers who are certified to produce RTRS soy and meet their demands.  It is exciting to see how producers in Asia are recognising the business case for responsible soy and increasing their investment into the RTRS process.”

Delegates at the conference include global retailers, commodity trades, soy trade associations, feed manufacturers, meat processors and environmental groups. Issues under discussion include the future value of responsible soy, and how to use RTRS standards to increase yields and profitability.

Mr Oskam concluded: “Previous events have been producer and manufacturer focused. This event will be looking into the future of the demand and consumer side of the industry and we welcome the interest from across the world.”