Combined global certified area
minimum of 1.8 million hectares, global share of 1.5%; assuming no double certification: maximum of 2.9 million hectares, global share of 2.4%
Minimum certified area growth
Largest certified area
RTRS, 1.1 million hectares,
global share of 0.9%
2015-2019, RTRS, +51.4%; 2018-2019, organic, 11.3%,
717,050 hectares total
Targeting the Chinese market
Global demand for vegetarian and vegan food has driven consumption of certified soybeans and the European market is leading demand. The Netherlands accounts for about 66% of total RTRS purchases, followed by Scandinavia and the UK 1, 2. However, European consumption can’t ensure sustainability in the sector.
Crucial next steps to boost sustainable consumption include
Boosting sustainable consumption in China – the largest consumer of soybeans in the world
– where less than 10% of goods are sustainable
Using eco-labelling to increase buyer, retailer and consumer awareness 3
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