The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) reported today that the Netherlands’ largest driver of deforestation, soybean cultivation, among others. The Dutch animal feed industry is incorrectly attributed to deforestation. In fact, Dutch animal feed manufacturers are at the forefront of making soybean cultivation more sustainable. In collaboration with voluntary organizations such as the government and the WWF.

For more than 15 years, Newty has been campaigning against global deforestation and the loss of vulnerable environmental systems. In collaboration with voluntary organizations such as the government and the WWF. In the Netherlands, all animal feed companies together use about 1.8 million tons of soy. More than half a percent of soy is produced worldwide. That soy is more stable than the soy used in many other countries. All soy used for animal feed in the Netherlands is certified and meets strict consistency. This makes us more prominent than the rest of the world in the Netherlands.

Development of internationally recognized certification

Nevadi has been at the center of the development of internationally recognized certification bodies, including the Soybean Circular Schedule of Responsibility (RDRS) and EU soybean source guidelines. Certification criteria include land rights, working conditions and good farming practices. We believe it is important to minimize global deforestation as much as possible, and to preserve its value in countries such as Brazil and Argentina.

Increase the level of sustainable soy production

Worldwide, more than 336 million tons of soybeans were planted in 2019. Of this, about 35 million tons goes to Europe. So Dutch standard use is less than 2 million tons. Via the European Animal Feed System fefacu Nevadi is trying to increase the amount of soy certified in Europe. Larger, more influential, more sustainable cultivation in Brazil and Argentina.

Invest in a relationship with South America

According to some, the certification is not sufficient and it is recommended to stop the import of soy or palm products. According to Nevada, free control will be provided after deforestation procedures. If we stop using soy in the Netherlands or other Western European countries, the global demand for sustainable soy will almost completely disappear. Farmers in South America will now stop producing more sustainable produce because the rest of the world does not want to pay for more sustainable production. More deforestation is likely, not less.

Alternative proteins

New Zealand members are committed not only to promoting sustainable cultivation in South America, but also to developing alternative protein sources in Europe. The latter means that global demand for protein raw materials will increase in the coming decades and that Europe must stop becoming more dependent on third-party imports. Currently, imports of certified soybean and palm oil are highly stable for animal feed production. This is because the yield per hectare of soy from South America is higher than that of soy produced in Europe. Low yields per hectare can ensure that more land is used and the carbon footprint deteriorates.

The circle is progressive

We use co-products from the food industry as much as possible in the Netherlands. Consider, for example, fermented grains, beet pulp, citrus pulp and chips. If grass and rugs are added from farms, Dutch animals eat at least 75% of European soil.

In addition to standard soy use, the Netherlands is at the forefront of circular use of raw materials. With its innovations, the Netherlands is also based on new protein crops and raw materials that will gradually replace imports of standard certified crops.

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