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Soya and soy are the same ingredient but when it’s used in food and animal feed products the food industry calls it soy. 99% of the soy we use as a business is used as animal feed in supply chains rather than a meat free product, because it’s high in protein.
Our soy footprint is a way to measure the impact the Co-op’s use of soy has on the land where it is grown. Our aim is to minimise our impact on the natural world and replenish the natural resources we use were possible.
Currently all the soy we source is covered by Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) through credits. These credits mean that we support farmers who are growing soy responsibly.
This is good already but we’re committed to doing more, and we want to start moving away from RTRS credits and into direct sourcing of sustainable soy from farmers. As a full member of RTRS, we report publically on our use of soy.
We are making sure that all the soy we use in Co-op food products is covered by zero deforestation and sustainable soy credits. We are also working with our suppliers to make sure that 100% of the soy used to feed animals in our supply chain is zero deforestation and sustainably sourced by 2025.
This commitment all reduces our impact on the planet, works to replenish the environment where soy is grown and helps to build a sustainable future for soy farmers.
With our suppliers, we will continue to measure how we’re doing annually - including detail on the origin of the soy suppliers use, companies supplying the soy, first port of entry to Europe, country, area origin and amounts used in animal feed.
We will work with our suppliers on sustainable feed innovation and on reducing the environmental impact of our farming groups.
We are members of the UK Round Table on Soy, with a shared goal of a secure, resilient, sustainable supply of soy to the UK. We also support industry initiatives such as the Cerrado Manifesto- a call to action to halt deforestation and native vegetation loss in Brazil’s Cerrado, where soy is grown.