Sal­mon feed firms fo­cus on soy sourc­ing

Fish Farmer - - Feed – New Initiative­s -

“Soy in­dus­tries in Brazil are com­mit­ted to con­duct­ing their busi­nesses in the msot sus­tain­able way”

SAL­MON feed com­pa­nies Skret­ting, Cargill, BioMar and Mowi have joined forces with the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion ProTerra and Brazil­ian soy pro­duc­ers to help pre­vent de­for­esta­tion.

Brazil­ian agri­cul­ture prac­tices have re­cently come un­der scru­tiny from the en­vi­ron­men­tal lobby around the world, which could have im­pli­ca­tions for the aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try.

Aquafeeds of­ten con­tain soy prod­ucts orig­i­nat­ing from Brazil but sal­mon feed pro­duc­ers in north­ern Europe only pur­chase cer­ti­fied de­for­esta­tion free soy.

While the vol­umes used are not sig­nif­i­cant from a global per­spec­tive, feed com­pa­nies have also now es­tab­lished a roundtable or­gan­i­sa­tion to work to im­prove the sal­mon value chain.

The Aqua­cul­ture Di­a­logue on Sus­tain­able Soy Sourc­ing from Brazil group met re­cently in Brazil and took ac­tion on trace­abil­ity, trans­parency, sup­plier code of con­duct and de­for­esta­tion.

Fol­low­ing the first meet­ing, ProTerra has worked with the Brazil­ian soy pro­tein con­cen­trate (SPC) pro­duc­ers Cara­maru, Im­copa and CJ Selecta to in­clude trace­abil­ity in­for­ma­tion and to im­prove trans­parency.

Each ship­ment de­liv­ered to feed pro­duc­ers will now carry de­tails about the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and states from which the soy from that batch is sourced.

Cara­maru, Im­copa and CJ Selecta have also set up a semi-au­to­mated track­ing ca­pac­ity to de­ter­mine the sourc­ing de­tails of the de­liv­ery.

The Google pow­ered AgroTools is the back­bone of the sys­tem, and the database is­sues cer­tifi­cates for each farm that is part of the ProTerra pro­gramme.

De­tailed in­for­ma­tion about the farm’s de­for­esta­tion and other il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties is avail­able if needed.This means that if a farm is ac­cused of non-com­pli­ant ac­tiv­i­ties, or has vi­o­lated the agree­ment, it has be­come eas­ier and faster to de­ter­mine if and when this oc­curred, and if the

re­sul­tant prod­uct has been de­liv­ered to Euro­pean sal­mon feed pro­duc­ers.

An­other chal­lenge for sal­mon feed pro­duc­ers in Europe has been to demon­strate that soy sup­pli­ers re­spect labour and en­vi­ron­men­tal laws.

The new sys­tem en­sures that the com­pa­nies in­volved in the group ful­fil reg­u­la­tions as­so­ci­ated with all these is­sues.

The SPC pro­duc­ers see that non-de­for­esta­tion is an im­por­tant tool in the fight against cli­mate change and will try to ini­ti­ate ac­tions to en­sure their farm­ers pre­serve all for­est on their land.

‘Soy pro­tein con­cen­trate in­dus­tries in Brazil are com­mit­ted to con­duct­ing their busi­ness with re­spect to so­cial, en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic as­pects in the most sus­tain­able way,’ said Guil­herme Tan­credi, CEO at CJ Selecta SA.

Above: Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Aqua­cul­ture Di­a­logue on Sus­tain­able Soy Sourc­ing from Brazil at their first meet­ing in Saõ Paulo, Brazil. From left: Pa­tri­cia Regina Cam­pos Sugui (CJ Selecta), Fabi­ana Reguero (ob­server from Amaggi), Fer­nanda Fer­reira (Im­copa), Trygve Berg Lea (Skret­ting), Leif Kjetil Skjæve­land (Skret­ting), Cata­rina Martins (Mowi), Emese Brosz (ProTerra), Dave Robb (Cargill Aqua Nu­tri­tion), Ed­wirges Mich­e­lon (Cara­muru), Re­nato Ino­cen­cio Bar­bosa (Cara­muru), Lind­say Pol­lock (Cargill Aqua Nu­tri­tion), Au­gusto Freire (FoodChain ID).

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