ASA is a founding partner in the Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP), 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 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. 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 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.”

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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.


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