Donau Soja and Europe Soya certified farms reported 715,000 tons of certified soya from 11 European countries after the 2021 harvest, according to its Donau Soja Market Report (January 2022 issue).
“Ten percent of the GMO-free European soya harvest is Donau Soja certified,” reported Donau Soja chairman, Matthias Krön. “The production of Donau Soja and Europe Soya certified soybeans increased by 49% in 2021.”
Total soybean production in Europe reached 9.5 million tons last season (6.4% more compared to 2020). Production of soybeans with the Donau Soja or Europe Soya label increased by 49% to 715,000 tons in 2021, after a temporary decline in the previous 2020 season, with over 10,000 farmers. Large quantities come from Serbia (68,000 tons), Ukraine (145,000 tons) and the European part of Russia (202,000 tons), guaranteeing that the higher EU standards must also be met outside the European Union.
In the coming years, larger quantities of certified soybeans can be made available, thanks to the protein partnership programs of Donau Soja and its supporters. Protein partnerships are the European alternative to credits from overseas. By supporting local farmers in the main growing regions of South-Eastern Europe, retailers and major food brands are making their valuable contribution to building reliable supply chains from and for Europe.
More information on the 2021 harvest here.