As the global demand for animal protein continues to rise, so has the demand for soy as a feed ingredient. But while the oilseed can be a valuable source of nutrition for livestock, the environmental impacts of its production have increasingly become a source of concern, with topics like deforestation, land use change, and greenhouse gas emissions often making their way into the soy conversation.
But as U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) CEO, Jim Sutter explained to Feedinfo, while there is some truth to these sustainability concerns, they are incorrectly being attributed to soy of all origins. In the following INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES piece, he talks us through the U.S. soy sustainability story and the innovations adopted by soy farmers in the country to address environmental concerns. We also talk about where he is seeing growth opportunities for U.S. soy as the rising costs of inputs continue to put pressure on livestock producers.
U.S. soybean farmers are some of the most sustainable in the world and their ongoing commitment to sustainability, according to the Field to Market National Indicators Report for 2021, have resulted in:
- Increased land use efficiency by 48%
- Improved energy use efficiency by 46%
- Improved soil conservation by 34%
- Increased soy production by 130% using roughly the same amount of land.
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