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. Food production has attracted attention from the global community due to its demand on large amounts of energy and natural resources.
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.
Several of the Soyfoods Association’s members are working to help bring quality protein to those in need. A wonderful example of this is the work done by the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health. WISHH’s goal is to find new opportunities for U.S. soy in programs that help feed the hungry and to stimulate demand for U.S. soy leading to long-term sustainable development. WISHH has worked with multiple private voluntary organizations and commercial companies in more than 23 different developing countries in Africa, Asia and Central America. Many of these groups are using U.S. high-protein soy to improve diets and health as well as encourage growth of food industries in developing countries.
View a video about how CHS, a farmer-owned U.S. cooperative and manufacturer of soy flour and other soy products, works closely with WISHH on soy use in Africa:
The health and well-being of the world population with protein deficiency in developing countries will improve through increased dietary consumption of high quality soy protein as well as through economic opportunities to incorporate U.S. soy protein into food manufacturing, livestock production, and/or aquaculture.