Sustainability is our Responsibility
3rd Conference on Sustainable Agriculture – The Art of Farming
Brussels, 12 May 2010
Jeroen Douglas – President
The magic of soy
The magic crop
protein for compound feed
Pharmacy & health: drugs/medicines for heart disease, cancer treatment
Beauty & care: shampoo, make-ups
Glycerine: candles, soaps
Drinks: diet drinks, fruit & soy drinks, soy milk drinks
Sauces: Chinese, Japanese kitchen
Meat replacer: tofu, stinky tofu
Salads: soy carrots
Cooking & baking: oil, margarine and fats ingredients
Esterization: bio diesel
Growing world demand for soy
x million tons
Demand for soy will increase considerably.
More people on the planet.
More animal protein intake per capita.
China EU U.S.A. Brazil
1999 2002 2005 2008
Social and economic impact
IN ARGENTINA, BRAZIL, PARAGUAY, BOLIVIA
5 million structural jobs
over 70 billion US$ annual turnover
7 billion US$ government retentions (Argentina only)
IN CHINA AND INDIA
10 million smallholder farmers cultivate soy
IN THE U.S.
40 billion US$ annual turnover, 60,000 producers
And sustainability concerns
Destruction of biodiversity
(tropical rainforest )
And responses from civil society
The Challenge of Expansion
Twenty years of expansion
1990 2010 2050*
USA 11 27 25
Brazil 6 23 40
Argentina 4 19 30
China 10 11 10
India 2 6 10
Paraguay 1 3 8
Bolivia - 2 8
Uruguay - 1 7
Rest 10 13 32
(millions of hectares) 44 105 170
(50 x Belgium)
Main drivers for growth: a. China and India; b. prohibition of animal meal
* Outlook studies from FAO and others
Cultivo de Soja Argentina
Campaña 1996/1997 Campaña 2006/2007
challenges to the RTRS:
Payment for Environmental Services/ REDD+
Is the world willing to pay for high value and high
carbon eco systems?
RTRS History & Structure
About the RTRS
Composed by different stakeholders of the soy value chain.
130 members from 21 countries around the world.
Members include farmers/producers, crushers, processors, feed and food
companies, fuel suppliers, supermarkets/retailers, civil society
With the objective of achieving social, environmental and economic
sustainability in the soy sector.
A global standard with criteria that address economic, environmental, and
Developed according to ISEAL standards.
Meets European market requirements.
Neutral and inclusive standard.
Some international members
Definition of responsible soy
Principles and Criteria developed by RTRS and approved on May 2009.
1. Legal compliance & good business practice
2. Responsible labor conditions
3. Responsible community relations
4. Environmental responsibility
5. Good agriculture practices
Code of Conduct
Certification model for the RTRS Standard
Aligned with EU RED requirements.
Accreditation based on ISO 17065 (sets requirements for bodies providing
certification of product – including services and processes).
Auditors working on behalf of the certification body will follow ISO 19011
(guidelines for quality and environmental management systems auditing).
Producers will only have to pay certification costs to the certification body.
We are working on
Field Tests & National Interpretations. Volume after field tests: 650.000 tons
Issue: will the uptake be mainstream?
Development of support material for producers
Implementation guides for producers. “On site” auditing.
Issue: will the certification costs be in balance with potential market benefits?
Financing programs for small scale producers.
Issue: will the RTRS be sufficiently inclusive, yet at the same time be mainstream?
Development of a traceability system.
Issue: will the system be a sufficient guarantee for market transformation?
HCVA mapping and REDD+ financing.
Issue: will the RTRS contribute to a controlled and sustainable expansion? Will the
RTRS be able to be a platform for REDD+financing?
Development of GHG calculator as part of EU RED.
Issue: will it be possible to bundle RTRS carbon credits as a new income stream? How
should RTRS deal with ILUC?
2006/2007 2008/2009 May 2009
Phase 1: Starting-up Phase 2: Development
RTRS Registered in P&C field test
5 DG meetings
Switzerland 3 General 4 International version
to develop the
Secretariat established Assembly conferences approved
in Argentina Code of
2009/2010 June 2010
Phase 3: Implementation Phase 4: Certification
Pre accreditation of
Field tests and ISO 17065 General P&C Go live!
National Assembly version Responsible
CoC CoC systems in
interpretations in 2010 2.0 Soy
RED compliance place
four countries Benchmarking
Upcoming events 2010
(Annual) Round Table Conference #5 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – 9 & 10 June
Annual General Assembly – Sao Paulo, Brazil – 10 June
June onwards: first certification of RTRS soy