Blog: Dean BestSustainable soy in the spotlight at London conference

Dean Best | 23 May 2012

A busy week continues today (23 May) with the first day of this year's Roundtable on Responsible Soy conference in London - the first time it has been held outside a soy-producing nation.

The RTRS is a multi-stakeholder initiative set up in 2006 to define and certify a more sustainable form of soy production. The first purchases of RTRS-certified soy were made last year and the scheme is looking to increase supply of the product. Some 300,000 tonnes have been sold since that first purchase last June, a small amount of total production. However, the RTRS has set an ambitious target of 5m tonnes to be sold per year by 2015.

The conference, which will also take place tomorrow, aims to set out how the production and use of certified soy can be increased. However, those behind the certification and in the industry recognise the challenges ahead.

In the early session of the conference, RTRS president Jaap Oskam listed the "issues" facing the certification: how to "upscale" production; the problem of the balance between supply and demand; setting a global standard certification; and the fact that the certification is GM-neutral.

Our contributing editor Ben Cooper last year looked at the RTRS and found some campaigners had criticised the certification on the issue of GM.

Follow me on Twitter (@dean_best) for the latest news and views from the conference today.


BLOG

If Kraft Heinz passed on Pinnacle, it should do so with Campbell

It's almost 18 months since Unilever rebuffed Kraft Heinz and, ever since, the rumour mill has spun over where the US manufacturer could look next. It's been reported today (2 August) the ketchup make...

BLOG

Maybe Trump is finding trade wars aren’t so easy to win

In March, a day after issuing stiff tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium, Donald Trump took to Twitter to give his verdict on trade disputes. Four months later, it looks as though Trump's confide...

BLOG

Upfield Foods, home to ex-Unilever spreads assets, makes notable appointment

UK food-industry veteran David Salkeld is to take a senior position at Upfield Foods, the newly-instituted business that is home to Unilever's former spreads assets....

BLOG

Nature's Path quits US organic trade body in "protest"

The Organic Trade Association, which represents the organic industry in the US, has seen a high-profile member quit the organisation, taking a swipe at the body's stance on policy issues....



Forgot your password?