U.S. soy sustainability meets and exceeds international requirements
The U.S. Soybean Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) was created by the soy checkoff, U.S. Soybean Export Council and American Soybean Association to certify the sustainability of U.S. soybeans. This is becoming more important as more buyers of U.S. soy are requesting documentation proving the sustainability of food and feed ingredients they buy.
The great news for U.S. soybean farmers is that this certification doesn’t require any additional work on their part, because the SSAP outlines the practices, rules and regulations that U.S. soybean farmers already follow.
The only other certification for sustainable soy available is the South America-based Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS), which was created several years ago in hopes of creating a global certification. A recent checkoff study compared the two programs and found that, overall, the SSAP covers more sustainable practices than RTRS in several areas. This shows that the U.S. soy industry has been and continues to be dedicated to the sustainability of its product.
“Sustainability is an important part of production for U.S. soybean farmers,” says Laura Foell, soybean farmer from Schaller, Iowa, and United Soybean Board farmer-leader. “The protocol is such an important tool to help us prove this to our customers, and, from what I’ve seen, they are really responding to it.”