The worldwide soy problem requires worldwide solutions.
Taking into consideration the magnitude and the pressing nature of the problems, the Dutch Soy Coalition urges all relevant players to contribute towards the reduction of the impacts caused by the production, transport, processing and consumption of soy.
What is the Dutch Soy Coalition?
The Dutch Soy Coalition is made up of eight Dutch organisations: Both ENDS (secretariat), IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands, Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands), Solidaridad, Stichting Natuur & Milieu (the Netherlands Society for Nature and Environment), Wetlands International and WWF-Netherlands. The Dutch Soy Coalition works with organisations in soy producing and consuming countries in South America, Europe, the United States, India and China.
Mission Statement Dutch Soy Coalition
Soy production is causing severe social and environmental impacts in soy producing countries. Such impacts include deforestation, conflicts over land rights, pollution, and health problems caused by the spraying of pesticides. Since the Netherlands is the second largest importer of soy in the world, Dutch Civil Society Organizations joined forces in the Dutch Soy Coalition (DSC) in order to support and complement the work of their partner organizations in soy producing countries.
The DSC urges all actors in the soy value chain – from producers to consumers – to take concrete measures to reduce the social and environmental impacts caused by soy production. Not only should actors aim for a more responsible soy production; the consumption of soy should also be reduced. For the next five years the DSC has developed the following mission, vision, and strategy, promoting three key elements of change.
We, the Dutch Soy Coalition, aim to reduce the negative social and environmental impacts of soy production, transport, processing and consumption.
To achieve our mission the Dutch Soy Coalition works on a combination of themes, targeting different audiences.
2.1. The themes: the 3 R’s
Two activities aim to make the soy value chain more responsible:
- Reducing impacts of soy production, or improvements in the system: Here, we aim to reduce the impacts or improve aspects of the current soy production. Examples are better management practices or enabling small farmers to produce certified soy.
- Enabling ‘full’ sustainability, or improvements of the system: Here, we aim to achieve ‘full’ sustainability of the soy production, including a broader range of issues including (small) farmers’ rights, seed diversity, and power relations in the chain.
One of the main uses of soy is as an ingredient in animal feed. Activities under this theme work towards replacing soy in feed by other protein-rich ingredients. Examples of activities include research and pilots on alternative feed crops that can be produced in Europe. By lowering the demand for soy in this manner, the threats caused by the expansion of soy production in South America can be countered.
These activities aim to reduce (meat) consumption. Since soy is mainly used in animal feed, reducing meat consumption can contribute to lowering the impacts of (the expansion of) soy production. An example of activities under this theme is raising the awareness among consumers about the link between meat consumption and the impacts of soy production in South America. Activities also address another important use of soy for biodiesel. DSC members will, in collaboration with other NGOs working on this issue, work on reducing the use of not sustainably produced feedstocks as biofuel.
Download the dsc-mission-statement