Sign the petition to supermarkets and foodindustry
'Responsible' soy: misleading consumers
Dear Sir or Madam,
This year a new label wil be launched for so-called 'responsible' soy. However, the criteria proposed by the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS)
do not guarantee any level of 'responsibility'. Soy monocultures can still expand at the expense of forest and small farms; massive pesticide spraying
will continue to poison people and the environment.
Irresponsible soy production in the South will continue
Soy for animal feed is grown in large monocultures in South America. Massive amounts of toxic pesticides are used on the mostly genetically modified (GM) crop. Local
communities and their environment are poisoned, and children are especially vulnerable. To increase soy production, small farmers and indigenous people are pushed from
their land and forests and valuable natural areas are destroyed. RTRS soy will not stop this and labels like Soja+ are even weaker. Many social and environmental
organisations have voiced clear opposition to the 'responsible' label.
Irresponsible animal industry in the North will continue
Over 34 million tons of soy are imported into Europe each year. Most of it is used to feed animals in factory farms. These are highly polluting to water, soil and air and
cause much animal suffering. Most of the industrially produced dairy, eggs and meat comes from animals fed with GM soy. In fact, most people don't even know that they
indirectly consume GM products, because it is not on the label. Exploiting the natural resources of the South to enable an over-production of animal products in the North
can never be responsible or sustainable. Instead, factory farming should be abandoned and animal feed should be locally produced.
Stop the greenwash
Labels on food are meant to inform people, not to confuse or mislead them. Soy monocultures are not responsible. The RTRS label could therefore be seen as label fraud.
Don't buy the greenwash message. Instead it would be better to inform consumers about what they are buying by introducing
a 'fed with GM soy' label for meat and dairy products.
This petion will be sent to supermarkets and foodindustry in various European countries. We receive a copy, so we can inform you about the progres of this action.