support of a
Developing a framework for the
responsible cultivation of soybeans in Brazil
In July 2006, ADM joined NGOs and other leading global agribusinesses— including fellow members of the Brazilian vegetable oil trade group ABIOVE, and ANEC, the Brazilian Grain Exporters Association — to impose a moratorium on the purchase of soy grown in newly deforested regions of the Amazon biome. The moratorium’s participants, which have since grown to include Brazil’s Environment Ministry, are intent on working to prevent deforestation and promote sustainable soy production.
Since the moratorium began, Amazon deforestation has decreased significantly in areas where soy cultivation was considered likely to occur. During the 2009-2010 crop year, land area monitored by satellites and inspectors increased to more than 302,000 hectares from the approximately 50,000 surveyed during the moratorium’s inaugural year.
In an effort to further the moratorium’s already significant successes, ADM signed on to a one-year extension in July 2010.