CREATING SUSTAINABLE VALUE CHAINS
With approximately 75% of the soy produced worldwide being used for animal feed, and with demand for animal-based food expected to rise, pressures on the ecosystem will spiral.
The 2014 ProTerra Foundation Conference looked at the scale of the social and environmental challenges faced by a growing world population and the rising demand for food and feed.
This conference invited all participants from the agricultural value chain to learn about practical solutions available, and opened up debate about ways to improve and upscale existing good practices.
In 2012, approximately 270 million tonnes of soy was produced, and this figure is expected to rise to meet the growing demand for high protein animal feed from developing and emerging countries. Over recent years, vast areas of forest, grassland and savannah have been converted to agriculture, and biodiversity is in decline. The continued pressure on these natural resources will result in further loss of natural environments, leading to irreversible losses of biodiversity.
Whilst there is no single solution, there are good examples of better management practices that demonstrate the positive impacts. Whether you are an agricultural producer, trader, buyer in feed, meat or dairy, a food or feed processor, retailer, distributor, ingredient and raw material company, financial institution, industry or consumer organisation, by coming together, we can all contribute to the transition towards a more responsible production and sourcing of agricultural commodities.
We need to act urgently in order to reduce the pressure on the Amazon, the Cerrado, the Chaco and other rich and valuable ecosystems that are vital to the health of the planet and people.
The conference explored the possibility of creating added value for responsible companies and their clients along the value chain, as well as considering the potential for collaboration between participators of the private and the public sector.
Taking place one day prior to the European Commodity Exchange, The ProTerra Foundation hosted its 3rd annual conference on Wednesday 15th October 2014. It opened its doors to 200 of the industry's leaders and interested organisations, providing opportunities to network with peers and learn from companies and countries showcasing efforts achieved to date.
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