The Association of European compound feed manufacturers (EFAC) and the German Association animal feed e. V. (DVT) are committed to procuring sustainably produced raw materials for use in animal feed. As part of their commitment, for the first time Europe-wide feed companies commit themselves to take concrete measures for the procurement of soybeans and meal used in compound feed production in the EU by 2025. This concerns domestic and imported goods. Dr. Hermann-Josef Baaken, spokesman for the management of DVT: "Today, around 60 percent of the soybean used in Germany is already sustainably certified in compound feed. The demands for further reduction of deforestation in producing countries will be taken up in the next stage of the revision of the FEFAC guidelines, which will thus make another important contribution to sustainability and, ultimately, to climate protection. "In addition, the feed industry can already point out that through the recognized sustainability certifications only such raw materials are bought from areas that were not cleared after the year 2008. "With these rules, significant successes have already been achieved, even if this is not yet satisfactory worldwide," says Baaken. Even if the domestic feed plants already ensure substantial proportions of the protein supply, 26 percent of the protein-containing raw materials would have to be imported, as shown by the current EU-protein balance.
At the same time, the DVT calls on governments to sign voluntary agreements in the affected countries and to speed up progress for climate protection by means of legal requirements.
Fefac and the International Trade Center (ITC) have developed an online platform that allows feed companies to publicly publicize their voluntary commitment to sourcing sustainably produced soybeans. In doing so, they meet the criteria set out in the FEFAC Soybean Procurement Directives. Fefav and the DVT are expressly encouraging their member companies to follow the initial signatories of the list in order to support the common goal of gradual market conversion to sustainable soy products used in the European feed industry. Baaken: "We are optimistic that we will be able to further increase this share and thus provide a satisfactory long-term answer to the required reduction in global deforestation."