DONAU SOJA / EUROPE SOYA

A CLIMATE FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVE

In March 2020, Donau Soja commissioned the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) Austria to investigate how using Donau Soja / Europe Soya-certified soya products impacts the carbon footprint of food and feed products.

The main result: By using Donau Soja / Europe Soya we can avoid roughly 40% of Greenhouse Gas Emissions!

Find out, how Donau Soja / Europe Soya certified soya feed helps to reduce the carbon footprint of feed and animal products.

-         In the pig-sector with the EDEKA brand “Hofglück” 

-         With the egg brand “Thanninger Freiheit” by Geflügelhof Aigner

-         In Aquaculture, with Soy Protein Concentrate (SPC) by Sodrugestvo

Our diet plays a significant role in our personal carbon footprint. Especially the production of animal-based food generates relevant amounts of greenhouse gas emissions – and this starts already at the feed production stage.

In total, Agriculture, Forestry, and other Land Use Change (such as deforestation) accounts for 24% of global CO2 emissions. 60% of the emissions from agriculture come from livestock production and feed provision. As a relevant protein source in livestock production, soya plays a major role in this system.

The European Union imports around 40 million tonnes of soya annually, which is mainly used as high-protein feed in livestock production. Around 12 million hectares of land are needed elsewhere to meet this demand. About 40% of these soya imports come from Brazil, a country where soya production is associated with a significant deforestation risk. Data from INPE, the National Institute for Space Research in Brazil, show that between the years 2000 and 2016, 5.3 million hectares of natural land in the Amazon and Cerrado were converted for soybean cultivation – an area corresponding to almost one third of the arable land in Germany. Due to this land conversion, soya feed from Brazil mostly comes with high CO2 emissions. Emissions, which can be avoided by using certified deforestation and conversion free soya, such as Donau Soja / Europe Soya.

Donau Soja’s Regional Climate Partnerships

By supporting short and transparent soya supply-chains within Europe, Donau Soja strengthens rural development and contributes to reducing CO2 emissions of the agri-food system in Europe.

One highlight is the shift of the Austrian egg sector to regional soya (Donau Soja certified), which is seen today by farmers, industry and by retailers as a success-story for the whole sector. This case is an outstanding example for a climate-friendly European agriculture. Donau Soja aims to support the establishment of these Climate Partnerships across Europe. 

Find out, how Regional Climate Partnerships reduce the carbon footprint of the European agriculture and create local value with sustainable European non-GM soya.

Regional Climate Partnerships (german only)

About Donau Soja

Donau Soja is a non-profit, independent and member-based organisation with the Headquarter in Vienna and offices in several other countries. The vision of Donau Soja is a sustainable, safe and European protein supply. To achieve this, Donau Soja supports, among other things, the sustainable production of soya in Europe and the development of regional value chains. The two labels DONAU SOJA / EUROPE SOYA stand for non-GM soya products of controlled origin and quality from the Danube region and from Europe. Donau Soja unites over 280 members in 25 countries.