Canada is known for its natural environment filled with vast forests, pristine rivers and lakes, and clean air. It is only natural that Canada’s soybean industry is committed to sustainable production practices that preserve our air, water, forests and soil for generations to come.
Most Canadian soybeans are grown by family-owned farms, and many of them are multi-generational, with farmers of all ages working together to enhance the sustainability of their land for future generations. Growers are stewards of the land and their surrounding environment, and work to ensure the farm family tradition can continue and remain economically viable.
That’s one of the many reasons Soy Canada supports the efforts of soybean growers, exporters and industry members throughout the soybean value chain to continually improve and work towards a common goal uniting all soybean producing regions in Canada.
Sustainable Canadian Soy is our industry’s stewardship program to generate economic opportunities in the soy value chain while encouraging increased adoption of sustainable farming practices. Canadian soybean growers’ continuous efforts to improve on-farm productivity through innovations like adoption of new soybean varieties and precision agriculture are the foundation for Sustainable Canadian Soy which prioritizes:
Sustainability requires commitment and collaboration. Every link along the soy value chain contributes to the sustainability of Canadian soy including growers, exporters, plant breeders, agronomists, researchers and universities. Sustainable Canadian Soy leverages these collaborations to support growers to innovate and grow more soy with less inputs.
Sustainable Canadian Soy is expanding our collaboration model to offer the globally recognized Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA), starting with the 2023 crop. It is a voluntary program for any grower, grain handler and exporter interested in meeting this market need. Founded in 2002, the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform (SAI Platform) developed the FSA as a harmonized and flexible sustainable sourcing model for buyers to understand the sustainability performance of their supply chains based on farm-level data.
The FSA is a whole farm sustainability assessment incorporating economic and financial viability, social responsibility, and environmental protection. The FSA aligns with Sustainable Canadian Soy priorities and recognizes both Canadian federal and provincial legislation. This will allow growers to complete the FSA assessment based on their own areas of greatest need and opportunity.
For customers, the FSA will provide access to a third party verified sustainable supply backed by a globally recognized system. It’s a system that will demonstrate how Sustainable Canadian Soy is comparable or better than other origins. Powered by FSA, the assurance process will allow users of Canadian soybeans to make sustainability claims with confidence.