Celebrating Family Farmers
For World Food Day and throughout the year, the Soyfoods Association of North America and many of its members are working to help bring quality protein to feed those who suffer from hunger, to improve diets and health, and to empower and support family farmers in the U.S. and all over the world.
- Family Farmers Are the Future for Feeding a Hungry World
- Soy Protein: A Promising Piece of a Global Food Solution
Meet Soy Family Farmers
Consumers can put a face to the source of their food with some of our country’s soybean farmers.
Deb Moore, Illinois
After marrying into the farming life more than 30 years ago, Deb Moore from Roseville, Illinois has turned farming into a way of life and also a business for herself, her husband, and her three children. “We have the opportunity to work with our children and teach them a good work ethic. We grow and raise food for others while being our own boss,” Deb says of the pride she has in her farm and in their products. Her personal farming philosophy is to “Do your best and take pride in what you do, while protecting the land for future generations.”
Soy Is the Earth’s Best Protein to Feed the Planet
Soybean production has proven to be a more favorable and environmentally sustainable source of protein because of the high protein quality and nutritional value of soybeans and the efficient use of land, water, and energy of soybean production. Soy-based foods deliver the highest protein density for human consumption per amount of fossil energy inputs. And among sources of high-quality protein, soybeans use water more efficiently. As the demand for protein increases and water and land resources become more strained, the environmental sustainability of protein sources, such as soyfoods, intensifies.
Fighting World Poverty
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, global food demand will grow by 70% or more by 2050, along with a significant need for protein — an essential nutrient for human health. Maintaining current protein production levels would cause strain on land, water and fossil fuel resources. Soy protein is a far more cost effective and environmentally conservative protein resource. The noble soybean is capable of meeting global dietary energy and protein requirements while making efficient use of land, energy and water resources, and also reducing emissions of GHGs compared to livestock production. READ MORE