30 May '11, 11pm
WWF soya report highlights environmental threats and solutions ~ @WWF #eco
WWF soya report highlights environmental threats and solutions 31 May 2011 A new report published today by WWF has highlighted the impact that the growing global demand for soya is having on sensitive environments around the world such as the little known Brazilian savannah, the Cerrado. Soya is grown predominantly for animal feed and vegetable oil, with the main use being in soya meal, as a source of protein for poultry, pig and cattle feeds. In the last 15 years, production of the crop has doubled, driven largely by the rising consumption of meat, as well as for use in food, biofuel and other products. Around two thirds of soya produced globally is traded, with China being the largest importer (37%) followed by the EU (28%). Although the United States is currently the largest global exporter of soya beans and products with little land there available for expansion, soya ...