BRUSSELS, BELGIUM — The Amazon Soy Moratorium guarantees market access only to soy products that are free from deforestation, slavery or threats to indigenous lands, FEFAC and FEDIOL said in a joint statement on May 24. Initially launched in 2006 for two years, and renewed annually since 2008, it was renewed indefinitely May 9, as announced by the Brazilian Soy Task Force (GTF). The GTF is a multi-stakeholder coalition bringing together the private sector, the civil society and the Brazilian government.

“The Soy Moratorium has proven to be effective in reducing deforestation in the Amazon as a consequence of soybean and we therefore welcome its indefinite renewal” said Henri Rieux, FEDIOL president.

From a broader perspective, FEFAC and FEDIOL say that ending illegal deforestation through ensuring legal compliance with national regulation is the first step toward forest protection. This represents a valuable contribution of the FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines which are also supported by FEDIOL.

“The guidelines are in line with for example the current Brazilian Forest Code, which together with the federal monitoring of farms under rural environmental registration (CAR), can be considered a breakthrough in terms of environmental legislation enforcement and enabling responsible soy production” said FEFAC President Ruud Tijssens.

Moreover, FEFAC and FEDIOL are convinced that zero net deforestation can only be achieved by regional actions, taking all agricultural activities (like livestock farming, cotton and corn production) in a certain region into account, and encouraging such developments.