What we stand for

WHAT
WE WANT

– Variety and sustainability
– Regionality
– European integration
– Health

WHAT
WE WANT

Variety and sustainability
Regionality
European integration
Health

VARIETY AND
SUSTAINABILITY

We want to grow more protein plants such as soya, peas, broad beans, lucerne, clover and sweet lupins on European arable land in addition to wheat, maize, rapeseed and potatoes.

Soya, peas and lupins are foodstuffs: they can also be used to manufacture high-quality animal feed for pigs and chickens, they also boost soil fertility and help to protect the climate.

By cultivating these legumes, as they are known, across a wider area, it will be possible to meet the huge European demand for protein-rich nutrition for both humans and animals whilst also helping to introduce greater variety into European agriculture and make it more sustainable.

We want to reduce imports of soya from unsustainable production in overseas countries and promote use of sustainable soya.

REGIONALITY

We want to shorten the route from the field to the kitchen table and encourage a greater number of regional value-added chains in Europe’s food industry. That’s why we support the entire value chain – small, medium and large processors – to use more protein from regional production as both food and feed.

EUROPEAN INTEGRATION

We want Europe to grow together through trade and an exchange of knowledge. We want to distribute value creation more evenly and enable the economically weaker regions of southern and eastern Europe, as well as disadvantaged rural regions, to benefit from a larger share of European wealth.

HEALTH

We want people in Europe to lead long and healthy lives through a balanced diet. Legumes and a more plant-based diet are an important part of it.

WHAT
WE DO

– Persuade
– Connect
– Liaise and support
– Set new standards

WHAT WE DO

Persuade
Connect
Liaise and support
Set new standards

PERSUADE

We work alongside with European farmers, political representatives, supermarket chains, food producers, animal feed mills and agricultural trade enterprises, NGOs and associations, research institutes, universities and higher education facilities, the media and all those who are committed to a healthy environment and diet.  . We strive to gain the support of all the people from these sectors, winning them over to our way of thinking.

CONNECT

We have brought together more than 270 companies, research institutes, associations, producer associations and NGOs from 25 countries.  Our members include, for example, Rewe, Hofer, Edeka Südwest, Bio Austria, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, chambers of agriculture and Greenpeace. We are constantly building new relationships at our conferences, seminars, field days, symposiums, training courses and PR and marketing events.

LIAISE AND SUPPORT

Soya from Europe is new to many agricultural enterprises, processing companies and retailers, and the opportunities afforded by regional cultivation are often overlooked. That’s why we pool all the facts and data coming in from all over Europe and offer this information to representatives from the world of politics, business, agriculture and civil society. We go to research facilities, breeders and businesses to find answers to the questions posed by our members, and if no such answer is forthcoming then we commission scientists to investigate further.

SET NEW STANDARDS

We have established a set of guidelines for sustainable and GMO-free cultivation and processing of soya in Europe, which is monitored by external certification bodies, and we develop food labels that represent this standard.