São Paulo, 28 de April de 2020
The Soy Moratorium completed 13 years in the 2018/19 crop year, and it continues to be a highly relevant initiative for sustainable soy production in the Amazon Biome, for both the domestic and the international markets. The initiative’s main objective is to ensure that the soy produced and traded in the Amazon Biome is not associated with the suppression of forest vegetation. It should be emphasized that the Moratorium does not inhibit soy expansion in the Amazon, but encourages planting in areas that were cleared before 2008, thus avoiding conversion of forest to soy crops and reconciling agricultural development with environmental preservation. The Moratorium’s efficacy is evident through the gradual soy expansion of almost four million hectares over the last thirteen years, with only a residual area deforested in the Amazon Biome.
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