Politically, the conviction that Europe should decrease its dependence on protein imports while gradually building auto sufficiency is increasing.
As protein consumption in emerging countries is gradually increasing with rising disposable income, availability of proteins supplies for import is indeed at risk over time.
Soy can play an increasing role in providing a sustainable protein supply in Europe. Soy is already grown in many parts of Europe, including France, Italy, Austria and several CEE countries. So long as the right varieties are produced in sufficiently high yields to compete with other cultures, soy can be a suitable income alternative for farmers in other regions as well.
Because the soy plant is naturally fixing nitrogen, it reduces the need for energy-intensive artificial fertilizers. In this sense, it is also an interesting crop to integrate into crop rotation.
All the members of ENSA produce non-GMO soy foods and support the cultivation of non-GMO soy in Europe. That’s why ENSA is proud to support initiatives such as the Danube-Soya initiative which aims to promote the cultivation of sustainable, non-GMO soy in Europe. Find out more information on this initiative.