Sustainability & Conservation

The American Soybean Association and U.S. soybean farmers are committed to efforts that support sustainability, which includes environmental, economic, and social pillars, along with conservation. ASA farmer-leaders appreciate the opportunity to be engaged in legislative, regulatory, and importantly, on-farm efforts now that will preserve the future of farming and our world at large later.

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Defining Sustainable Agriculture

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.

ASA supports the statutory definition of sustainable agriculture included in the 1990 Farm Bill

“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.”