York researchers focus on governance and sustainability of Latin American soy
April 30, 2019
An interdisciplinary team of researchers at York have conducted research, attended field trips and held workshops to explore the sustainable governance of soy.
For the last 12 months, an interdisciplinary team of researchers at York have been investigating the governance and sustainability of soy - the world’s most globally traded commodity, which is strongly linked to land use change, deforestation and biodiversity loss in Latin America, Brazil in particular. Only a very small proportion of soy is actually consumed directly as food by humans, with approximately four-fifths used to produce animal feed.
The research team at York, whose funders include the UK Global Security Fund, N8 AgriFood and the ESRC, are exploring the barriers to more effective governance of soy, including through third-party certification schemes, like the RTRS and other multi-stakeholder initiatives, like the UK Soy Roundtable and Cerrado Manifesto.