Soybeans are the largest global source of plant-based protein, and a vital element in food production. The EU imports an equivalent of 35-40 million tonnes of soybeans annually, sourcing significant amounts from areas with sensitive ecosystems under threat from deforestation, such as the Amazon rainforest and Cerrado savanna. Donau Soja supports the increased cultivation of sustainable non-GMO soya in, and for Europe. There is huge potential to grow soya in non-EU countries including the Ukraine, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Moldova.
Protein Partnerships – an alternative to credits from overseas
Protein Partnerships are designed as an alternative to credits from overseas. Protein Partnerships are a simple tool for supporting and building up safe and sustainable non-GMO soya production in Europe, and at a relatively low cost compared to physically segregated and certified products. They also strengthen the first link in the physical value chain, as well as investing in training and certifying farmers and primary collectors.
More information on Protein Partnerships in Serbian and Croatian can be found here.