Towards sustainable soy : an assessment of opportunities and risks for soybean production based on a case study Brazil

S. van Berkum, P.S. Bindraban

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    Abstract

    This study investigates opportunities for and implications of expanding soybean production in developing countries. Increasing soybean production is expected to take place mainly in Latin America. However the international community is increasingly concerned about managing the natural resources in this region. Within the Round Table of Responsible Soy (RTRS) an international dialogue has started to secure that current soybean production and its future expansion is carried out within a sustainable framework. Within the context of this RTRS the study evaluates the compliance of current soybean production in Latin American countries to the sustainability aspects based on the Brazilian case. The research shows that soybean cultivation is embedded in a complex land use system that hampers quick fixes to evolve towards more sustainable production, but also inherit interesting opportunities for the development of integrated soybased production systems
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationThe Hague
    PublisherLEI Wageningen UR
    Number of pages99
    ISBN (Print)9789086152742
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Publication series

    NameReport / LEI : Research area 1, International policy
    PublisherLEI Wageningen UR

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    Keywords

    • agricultural economics
    • soyabeans
    • agricultural production
    • resource management
    • natural resources
    • sustainability
    • latin america
    • brazil
    • land use
    • developing countries
    • integrated farming systems

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    van Berkum, S., & Bindraban, P. S. (2008). Towards sustainable soy : an assessment of opportunities and risks for soybean production based on a case study Brazil. (Report / LEI : Research area 1, International policy). The Hague: LEI Wageningen UR.