Soy Feed

Eating soy directly we use less land, water and resources but try to make sure that the soya milk and tofu you buy is organic and not from rainforest land.

One of the main drivers of loss of biodiversity is soy for livestock feed. Soy is fed to chickens, pigs, dairy cows, beef cows, and farmed fish.

It is estimated that 700 – 800 million people are hungry or starving, yet 70 – 80% of the world’s soy crop is fed to farm animals, instead of to humans.

Some is used for other purposes, and less than 10% is fed directly to humans. Feeding the soy to animals first results in the loss of about 90% of the calories and proteins that the feed contains, giving back only about 10%.

It takes a tremendous amount of land, and uses a huge amount of water, to grow this livestock feed, and in the Amazon rainforest land is cut down for this purpose.

If we eat soy directly, we are using far less land, water and other resources. But try to make sure that the soya milk and tofu you buy is from the US or Canada, not from rainforest land, and that it is organic.

You can consult this article for the eco and health pros and cons of different milks, and this site for which soy milks are eco-friendly.

In assessing the environmental impact of any project…few careful studies are made of its impact on biodiversity as if the loss of species or animals and plant groups were of little importance.

Laudato Si, paragraph 35

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