Sustainability

 

sustainability

ASA Positions

  • ASA is a founding partner in the Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol, a commitment to deliver healthy soy products for human consumption, that offer superior amino acid profiles, enhanced feed efficiency and improved overall animal performance.
  • ASA recognizes that American soybean production is one of the most sustainable in the world and will work to ensure that our image is maintained while avoiding undue regulations and empowering movements that would jeopardize our competitive position.
  • ASA supports the statutory definition of sustainable agriculture included in the 1990 Farm Bill as “an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will, over the long term, satisfy human food needs; enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends; make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls; sustain the economic viability of farm operations; and enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.”
  • ASA supports developing a definition of sustainable agriculture that encompasses profitable, intensive production and encourages consumer acceptance of biotechnology enhanced products and satisfies food, feed, fiber, and biofuel needs.
  • ASA supports biotechnology, commercial fertilizer, and commercial crop protection products and believes that any definition of “sustainable agriculture” includes the use of these products.

 

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Issue Background

As part of our resolutions, ASA supports an aggregate approach to documenting the sustainability of U.S. soybean production. To this end, ASA joined in 2012 with the United Soybean Board and the U.S. Soybean Export Council to form the Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol, a commitment to deliver healthy soy products for human consumption, that offer superior amino acid profiles, enhanced feed efficiency and improved overall animal performance.

The Protocol reiterates the industry’s commitment to providing customers with superior service after the sale, a supply system second to none, and continued access to cutting edge soy products developed by the most prolific public and private research organizations in the world. With the Protocol, the industry further pledges that it is fully committed to ensuring that every link in the value chain continues to operate in a sustainable manner consistent with sound environmental objectives, is socially responsible, promotes economic growth, and embraces best agricultural practices.

The Protocol provides access to more than 3 billion bushels/81 million MTs of sustainably-produced soybeans, and enables customers to make verifiable claims about the environmental, social and economic benefits provided by their soybean supply chain. The Protocol is supported by comprehensive auditing and data collection and offers a high level of correspondence with existing sustainability certification schemes, and assures that the methodologies used to quantify sustainability performance were developed by multi-stakeholder processes over many years, and peer reviewed after development. The Protocol also clearly embraces the long term commitment of the U.S. government to ensure worker’s rights are protected.

The Protocol is the only certification for soy that provides quantifiable information that can be tracked annually regarding social impacts of soybean production, such as labor hours, farm-related injury rates, air pollutants, smog formation, and toxicity.

Finally, the Protocol is based on solid farm family values, good business practices and is about ensuring that our legacy of good stewardship is passed down from generation to generation of American farm families.

Download U.S. Soybean Sustainability Assurance Protocol
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