One of the societal concerns is the degree of dependence that livestock farming has on the import of protein-rich raw materials such as soy. Currently, 95% of soy is imported into the EU. Various initiatives are under way to increase the volume of feed materials being cultivated in Europe. In November 2018, the European Commission published its report on the development of plant-based proteins in the European Union.
We fully understand the concerns around this issue. However, European soy is clearly of lesser quality because growing conditions are not as favourable as they are near the equator. In addition, more water is needed for cultivation and more energy is consumed for regional cultivation. This means a greater environmental footprint for European soy, despite the shorter transport distances.