The Soy Network Switzerland supports the cultivation and marketing of responsibly produced soy. 98 percent of the soy sourced through the network stems from responsible production.
In 2018, imports of responsibly produced soy accounted for at least 90 percent of the overall Swiss market. Whether the remaining 10 percent of soya imports are certified cannot be assessed by the Soy Network Switzerland.
Engelbert Daehler VolgAs a traditional Swiss retailer, we and our Volg village stores have always been closely allied with the Swiss agricultural industry. Our deep roots in rural Switzerland reflect our clear commitment to Swiss foods. Volg therefore supports the efforts to ensure that only responsibly produced soy is used to make feed for farm animals. Nora Meier Lidl SchweizAs a distributor of animal products, we use our key position between producers and consumers to actively take responsibility for the sustainability of our products along the value chain. This includes responsible cultivation of feed soya, which Lidl Switzerland promotes through its membership of the Swiss Soy Network and the Lidl Soya Initiative. Kurt Egli Egli MühlenEgli Mühlen AG attaches particular importance to its independence in the purchasing of sustainable soy meal and is committed to responsible soy production. Soy is the main source of protein for our mixed feeds. In addition to sustainability, our soy is of high quality and is ideally suited for performance-oriented feeding. Egli Mühlen AG is committed to active, open communication at all levels of food production, through to the consumer. Samuel Geissbühler UFAUFA is committed to successful, sustainable animal husbandry in Switzerland. As a mixed feed producer, we process and finish primarily domestic raw materials (fodder cereals and by-products from the food industry), thus completing a meaningful cycle of field crops. With imported raw materials we pay attention to quality, avoidance of GMOs, and sustainability. For years we have been using only responsibly produced and certified soy products. Bernhard Kammer MigrosSoy should be produced in a responsible manner. Migros welcomes and supports the network's efforts. Wherever possible, Migros goes one step further and purchases soy from Europe (e.g. for the Optigal poultry brand) and relies on raw feed and grassland-based programmes which do not include soy, such as Bio Weide-Beef (organic grazed beef) and Terra Suisse-Wiesenmilch (Terra Suisse pasture milk). Andreas Messerli Bio SuisseAs of 2019, Bio Suisse will only accept soy from Europe for the bud label feed market. As with other bud label feeds, bud label soy comes from monitored, certified organic farms which produce their crops in accordance with the Bio Suisse guidelines using environmentally friendly, fair and GMO-free methods. Organic farms use feed from their own production whenever possible. Katrin Oswald WWFThis network proves that the market can be converted to responsibly produced soy. In order to reduce the impact on the environment caused by meat production, politicians must continue to promote the use of roughage, and consumers must enjoy meat in moderation. Thomas Eberle ALDI SUISSEAs a responsible Swiss retailer we are committed to sustainable product development. The sustainable purchasing of environmentally friendly soy in feed demonstrates our entrepreneurial commitment to the environment, people and animals, in line with our "Today for tomorrow" sustainability programme. As a member of the Soy Network Switzerland we are also showing our support for Swiss agriculture. Martin Rufer Schweizer BauernverbandSustainability is very important for Swiss agriculture and this applies to animal feed too. Livestock farmers in Switzerland therefore use responsibly produced and GMO-free soy in their feed. This is another demonstration of the uniqueness of Swiss agriculture. Raphael Schilling CoopCoop worked with the WWF to draw up the Basel criteria and lay the foundation for the soy network. We support the network, are pleased to see Switzerland take a leading role, and rely on soy from Europe for the Naturafarm programmes. Philipp Zürcher AgrokommerzIn addition to marketing imported soy extraction grist, Agrokommerz AG also processes primarily western European top-quality soy beans in Switzerland to make soy cakes and soybean oil. Local processing helps to improve sustainability and reduce any risks. Reto Burkhardt Schweizer MilchproduzentenProtein also plays an important role in needs-based feed for dairy cows in Swiss grasslands. The use of sustainably produced soy is a key profiling element in respect of the competition in the increasingly fiercely contested international market environment for dairy products. Reto Hübscher Emmi SchweizMilk production is key to the sustainability of our products. Two factors are of central importance to Emmi: animal welfare and feed. Soy can be a useful complement to raw feed, provided it is sourced from sustainable cultivation.
Voluntary solutions by market participants are better than interventions and guidelines from the federal government. The soya network should encourage people to implement similar solutions in other markets.
Quote Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin on the occasion of signing the Europe Soy Declaration
Green Week, 18 January 2019, Berlin