Soy

Imported soybeans are a commonly and important protein raw material used in animal feed production. However, in several parts of the world, soy cultivation has negative consequences for people and the environment. This is why Lantmännen supports and purchases RTRS-certified soy, which is produced in a responsible way.

Soy is the most commonly used protein raw material in feed production. It is a concentrated raw material with a good composition for most animals, and is an effective feed that plays an important part in helping Swedish farmers to deal with competition from imported foods. Domestic protein ingredients from rape, peas and field beans, for example, do not cover current demand for feed protein in Sweden and have difficulty in competing on price with imported soy.

In several parts of the world, soy growers are expanding at the expense of rain forests and biodiversity, and are displacing indigenous populations. A large portion of the world's soy production occurs in Brazil and other countries in South America, where valuable habitats are being exploited to create new cultivable areas. Other common problems in soy production include poor working conditions for the farmers and use of unauthorised pesticides.

Active work on several fronts

The challenges associated with the production and use of imported soy have long been a priority issue for Lantmännen. We have conducted active work on a number of fronts for several years.

Lantmännen is a major player in the Swedish feed market, and purchases a total of about 100,000 tonnes of soy per year. Although we are a major player in our home markets, Lantmännen purchases less than 0.5 percent of the soy produced in Brazil. We are therefore dependent on dialogue and cooperation with other players in the industry, nationally and internationally, in order to exert an influence and bring about change.

100 % certified soy

In 2010, the international round table process RTRS (Round Table on Responsible Soy) introduced a standard for responsibly produced soy. The criteria include the protection of rainforest areas, pesticides and working conditions for growers. 

ProTerra is another organization that certifies sustainable soy production, using the  Basel Criteria for Responsible Soy.  

Lantmännen has been a member of the RTRS since 2005, and we were among the first companies in the world to start buying certified soy when it came out on the market. Since 2015 we only buy soy certified through either RTRS or ProTerra, or organic soy.
Since 2015, and in line with the Swedish Soy Dialogue sector agreement for sustainable soy, we only buy soy that is certified under RTRS or ProTerra, or organically produced according to KRAV. The total volume of purchased soya was 119,600 tonnes in 2016.

Lantmännen is continuing efforts to take responsibility for the soy it imports as an important feed raw material, and the target of 100 % certified soy was achieved in 2015.

Top position in WWF's ranking

By demanding responsibly produced soy, Lantmännen is helping to move soybean production in a sustainable direction. WWF's Soy Report Card (2016) for sustainably produced soy shows clearly that Swedish companies are at the top globally, and that Lantmännen leads the way in responsible soy purchasing by feed companies. Lantmännen was one of two feed company that WWF assessed into the category "Leading the way".  Learn more about 

Focus on alternative protein crops

We are also working to evaluate and develop alternative protein sources. Agrodrank, a by-product of ethanol production, is the main alternative at present. Lantmännen Agroetanol has annual production of 175,000 tonnes of protein feed that can replace over 100,000 tonnes of soy. We are working to further develop this product in order to fully exploit the potential. Lantmännen also sells protein crops, such as peas, field beans and oil seeds, to farmers so they can grow protein feed on their own farms. 

Locally produced feed – without soy

In Lantmännen's feed range we also offer locally produced feed using Swedish and European raw materials, with no soy or palm oil products. The Nötfor Nära range is one such example.