Friesland Foods, one of the largest dairy coops in the Netherlands,
has said that from 2009 on it will only allow soy to be fed to its
cows that has been grown according to sustainability
With this decision it refutes the arguments of the Dutch Nature and
Environment Foundation, which said that Friesland Foods only talks about
sustainable soy but does not act.
Friesland Foods will purchase its soy from areas
that not have been deforested for creating arable land. Furthermore the dairy
company not only said this, but also demands that the farmers and labourers in
Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay are on standard.
This is also one of the
reasons Friesland Foods participates in the Round Table for Sustainable Soy
The other main dairy producer in the Netherlands, Campina,
already in 2006 committed itself to the use of sustainable soy for its dairy
cows. The coop used 10,000 tonnes in 2006 and 33,000 tonnes of sustainable soy
Campina wants to switch completely to the use of sustainable soy
in 2011. This will require a volume of 150,000 tonnes.
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