U.S. Soy, a better environmental footprint

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Category: Sustainability

Soybeans are an important source of protein for feed and food products, and global demand is rising. An efficient crop, soybeans need relatively few inputs as they fix nitrogen from the atmosphere. However, the expanding area under cultivation is of concern because much of the expansion stems from deforestation that largely occurs in tropical areas. Blonk Consultants used data from its Agri-footprint™ database to assess the environmental footprint of soy from various origins using the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology, which takes into account the Land Use Change (LUC) impact according to the Product Environmental Footprint standard used by the European Commission to calculate the environmental footprint of a specific product.

Calculating the carbon footprint on science-based, factual data provides actionable insight and benchmarks for manufacturers and others throughout the value chain to know, measure and take steps to reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions of their operations. Blonk Consultants developed the Agri-footprint™ database to calculate the carbon footprint for a wide range of country-crop combinations. Using the Agri-footprint™ database, Blonk Consultants assessed U.S. Soy, based on LCA methodology (see ‘Calculating the Environmental Footprint of a Product‘).

To learn more, download the U.S. Soy Sustainability brochure here

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