Follow-up report on soy production

REPORT | 12 June 2012
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In this report Swedwatch follows up the changes in the Brazilian soybean sector and relevant companies’ corporate responsibility activities over the past two years.

In Brazil, soy production is still leading to serious environmental and human rights violations. Areas of high conservation value are converted to soy plantations with biodiversity loss and greenhouse gas emissions as a result. Soy plantations are expanding rapidly on indigenous land and threaten the access to food and clean water for indigenous groups. The use of pesticides banned in the EU is common and forced labor still exists.

In this report Swedwatch has followed up its study of Brazilian soybean production from 2010. The report shows that there are still huge problems within the production of soy, even though companies who import soy to Sweden work more actively with ethical and environmental issues. To ensure a more sustainable production of soy it is time for actors in the whole supply change to engage. Swedwatch and Latin American groups therefore recommend the largest food retailers to put pressure on both Swedish and foreign suppliers to use soy that is more responsibly produced, but also to look for alternatives to soy.

Made in collaboration with: Latinamerikagrupperna