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Consequence of soy production

Hveiti’s protein product will be able to replace 8-10 % of Denmark’s yearly soybean meal import from South America.

With an import of 44 mill. tons on a yearly basis – of which the main part is soybean protein produced in South America – EU is the world’s largest importer of protein feed.

Especially in Argentina, the soy production has exploded during the last 20 years. This means that the soy production is currently taking up 60 % of Argentinian agriculture, corresponding to 17 mill. hectare (DanWatch, October 2011). 

During the past 25 years, the area used to produce soy in South America has risen to around 53 mill. ha., and every year an area of 2.4 mill. ha. of forest and forest savanna are replaced by soy fields. Conversion of forests looks to be continuing, and WWF estimates that in 2020, around 22 mill. ha. of forest and forest savanna in South America will have been converted into soy fields. Because of this, the Atlantic Rainforest in southern Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina is now only 7 % of its original size (WWF 2006).

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