Globally, six percent of all soy produced is used directly for human consumption: most soy produced is used as an ingredient in feeds for farmed animals and ends up on our tables through meat and dairy products and eggs. In Finland, soy feed is primarily used for pigs, poultry and laying hens, but not as cattle feed to any significant extent.
The largest environmental impacts of the continuous expansion of soy cultivation areas particularly in South America relate to deforestation, the increase in greenhouse gas emissions, the loss of biodiversity, and erosion. Soy cultivation is reported to cause social problems related for instance to land ownership and distribution of income.
Kesko has become a member of the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) organization and it thereby committed to promote responsibility in the production chain of soy on a long-term and target-oriented basis. Both economic, social and environmental considerations must be taken into account in the production of soy.
Kesko is the founding member in the Finnish soy commitment group http://wwf.fi/soijasitoumus/. The members of the commitment pledge to ensure that by 2020 all the soy used in the production chain of their private label products will be responsibly produced, either RTRS or ProTerra certified soy. The commitment covers both the Finnish production chain and sourcing from other countries.
Kesko recommends that its suppliers use responsible RTRS or ProTerra certified soy in the ingredients of soy origin of the grocery trade’s private label foods and in the production of products of animal origin. By 2020 only responsible RTRS or ProTerra certified soy will be used in these products.
The soy policy was published on 19 February 2016.