We all have a responsibility and a role to play in helping to reduce the negative environmental impacts of soy production.
What can companies do?
Join the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and commit to 100% RTRS-certified soy for the full scope of use under a timebound plan;
Calculate soy use, and begin purchasing RTRS-certified soy, or animal products based on RTRS-certified soy, as soon as possible;
Buy RTRS credits to increase responsible soy capacity in the short term, while supporting the development of mass balance and, ideally, fully segregated certified supply chains;
Initiate or join national initiatives on responsible soy to create momentum in the market, but also make individual, company-specific commitments to responsible soy;
Support programmes to help producers implement Better Management Practices and achieve certification;
For non-genetically modified (non-GM) soy, choose and support the development of RTRS non-GM production and supply chains. When buying ProTerra-certified soy, ask for improvement of governance and verification;
Explore ways of reducing food waste and consumption of animal products;
Explore responsibly-produced and locally-grown alternatives to imported soy.
What can consumers do?
Ask retailers and brands to commit to responsible soy throughout their supply chains;
Choose animal products from companies that have committed to and started buying RTRS soy;
If you’re concerned about GM soy, ask your retailer about RTRS-certified non-GM soy or ProTerra;
Consider reducing your consumption of meat, eggs and dairy products – for most people in OECD countries, this will result in a diet closer to government health recommendations;
Reduce food waste by planning your shopping and meals carefully – only buy and prepare as much as you need.