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Agricultural commodity consumption in the EU - Soy

An area of forest the size of Portugal was lost globally between 2010 and 2015 because of EU consumption of commodities grown on deforested land, much of it illegal. Such destruction often violates the rights of local communities and indigenous peoples, causes massive biodiversity loss, and contributes to climate change. Fern is calling for an EU Action Plan to ensure imports of forest-risk commodities are legally sourced and ecologically viable.

This is the second in a series of background notes on agricultural commodities.

It will be of particular interest to journalists and those looking for an introduction to the topic.

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References for the findings in this briefing note:

1. http://ec.europa.eu/environment/forests/pdf/1.%20Report%20analysis%20of%20impact.pdf

2 http://www.fern.org/stolengoods

3 https://www.chathamhouse.org/publication/agricultural-commodity-supply-chains-trade-consumption-and-deforestation

4 Consumer Goods and Deforestation – An Analysis of the Extent and Nature of Illegality in Forest Conversion for Agriculture and Timber Plantations, 2014: www. Forest-trends.org/documents/files/doc_4718.pdf

5 http://ec.europa.eu/environment/forests/pdf/1.%20Report%20analysis%20of%20impact.pdf

6 https://www.chathamhouse.org/publication/agricultural-commodity-supply-chains-trade-consumption-and-deforestation

7 https://www.chathamhouse.org/publication/agricultural-commodity-supply-chains-trade-consumption-and-deforestation

8 Soy Barometer 2014, Research conducted by Profundo for the Dutch Soy Coalition: www.profundo.nl/files/download/Sojacoalitie1410a.pdf

9 http://www.globalsoybeanproduction.com/

10 http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/templates/esa/Global_persepctives/world_ag_2030_50_2012_rev.pdf

11 Soy Barometer 2014, Research conducted by Profundo for the Dutch Soy Coalition: www.profundo.nl/files/download/Sojacoalitie1410a.pdf

12 ABIOVE. Soja Plus. Program of Economic Management, Social and Environmental Responsibility of the Brazilian Soy

13 Illegal Deforestation Monitor – Soy Profile: http://www.bad-ag.info/commodities/soy/

14 http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/6/2/024010/meta

15 http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/footprint/agriculture/soy/impacts/

16 http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/footprint/agriculture/soy/impacts/

17 Soy Barometer 2014, Research conducted by Profundo for the Dutch Soy Coalition: www.profundo.nl/files/download/Sojacoalitie1410a.pdf

18 http://www.survivalinternational.org/tribes/guarani[1] https://news.mongabay.com/2016/10/violence-against-indigenous-people-high-as-land-conflicts-heat-up/

19 Soy Barometer 2014, Research conducted by Profundo for the Dutch Soy Coalition: www.profundo.nl/files/download/Sojacoalitie1410a.pdf

20 Soy Barometer 2014, Research conducted by Profundo for the Dutch Soy Coalition: www.profundo.nl/files/download/Sojacoalitie1410a.pdf

21 https://cofcointernational.com/about-cofco-international/

22 http://www.fern.org/stolengoods

23 Company Promises: How Businesses are Meeting Commitments to End Deforestation; Fern; March 2017:  http://www.fern.org/sites/fern.org/files/Company%20promises.pdf  

24 http://www.responsiblesoy.org/?lang=en

25 Company Promises: How Businesses are Meeting Commitments to End Deforestation; Fern; March 2017:  http://www.fern.org/sites/fern.org/files/Company%20promises.pdf

26 Illegal Deforestation Monitor – Soy Profile: http://www.bad-ag.info/commodities/soy/

27 The EU Common Agricultural Policy, Feedstocks and Deforestation, Fern, May 2017

28 https://nelson.wisc.edu/sage/docs/publications/GibbsetalScience2015.pdf

29 The EU Common Agricultural Policy, Feedstocks and Deforestation, Fern, May 2017

30  The EU Common Agricultural Policy, Feedstocks and Deforestation, Fern, May 2017

31 Figures obtained by the NGO Transport & Environment from FEDIOL, the EU vegetable oil and protein meal industry association

32 http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-energy-biofuels-idUSKBN13H1EA

33http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/wpcontent/uploads/sites/2/2014/07/New-York-Declaration-on-Forest-%E2%80%93-Action-Statement-and-Action-Plan.pdf and https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg15

34 http://www.fern.org/publications/reports/developing-eu-measures-address-forest-risk-commodities-what- can-be-learned-eu

35 http://www.fern.org/blueprint