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Soybean sector's environmental footprint dwindles, reveals 2021 data


The U.S. soybean industry has made commendable strides in environmental sustainability, as demonstrated by a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) conducted by the United Soybean Board and the National Oilseed Processors Association. This study, examining data from the cultivation, processing, and transportation of soy, showcases a robust decrease in the industry's carbon emissions. 

Over the past decade, the soybean sector has witnessed a reduction in its global warming potential, with a 19% drop in the carbon footprint of soybeans and notable decreases in soybean meal and oil.  

The study, which collected data from hundreds of farms and processing facilities, attributes these achievements to advancements in agricultural technology, more efficient land use, and a reduction in energy and pesticide usage. 

Soybean production, a cornerstone of the U.S. agricultural economy, not only supports the nation's economy but also plays a pivotal role in global food supply chains. The LCA results underscore the industry's dedication to environmental preservation and its pursuit of innovative solutions to minimize ecological impacts. 

NOPA's president and CEO, Kailee Tkacz Buller, highlighted the soybean processors' commitment to operational efficiencies as a key driver of these environmental benefits. The industry's ongoing improvements are a testament to its capability to sustainably meet growing global demands. 

The findings from the LCA offer valuable insights into the environmental advancements of the soybean industry, serving as a model for other sectors aiming to combine economic growth with environmental responsibility.

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