US Soy industry slashes carbon footprint, new study finds

USAgNet - 02/23/2024

The U.S. soybean industry is leading the charge in environmental responsibility, as evidenced by a recent Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

Conducted by the United Soybean Board (USB) and the National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA), the study presents a notable decrease in the carbon footprint of soy products such as whole soybeans, soybean meal, and soy oil.

The research, spearheaded by Sustainable Solutions Corporation, analyzed data from over 400 farms and numerous processing plants, revealing a 19% reduction in the carbon footprint for soybeans and significant decreases across other soy products since 2010 and 2015.

This achievement is attributed to improved agricultural practices, enhanced land management, and advancements in technology that boost efficiency and yield while lowering energy consumption.

USB CEO Lucas Lentsch emphasized the role of this study in helping farmers understand and minimize environmental impacts, thereby enhancing the competitiveness of soy-based products.

With soybeans contributing significantly to the U.S. economy and serving as a critical component of global agriculture, these findings highlight the industry's commitment to sustainable growth and environmental stewardship.

This progress is a result of concerted efforts to improve operational efficiencies and engage in sustainable practices throughout the supply chain. As the industry continues to evolve, the focus on reducing global warming potential not only aligns with environmental goals but also offers a blueprint for other sectors aiming for sustainability.

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