Norwegian delegation visits non-transgenic soybean farms in Mato Grosso State

Published in 01 de August de 2018   |   0 Comments

The non-transgenic soybeans – which are known as “non-GMO” (Genetically Modified Organism) – grown and originated by AMAGGI, attracted the visit of a Norwegian delegation to Mato Grosso from February 25 to March 2.

At the invitation of Denofa, AMAGGI’s soy processing plant in Fredrikstad, the 14-member delegation included representatives from Norwegian industries, the Norwegian government (Ministries of Agriculture and Environment), the Norwegian Embassy in Brazil and the Norwegian Footprint, as well as Denofa’s Director of Sustainability and Quality Karl-Erik Slinning, and Denofa CEO Bjørn Rask Thomsen.

The program began with a workshop held at AMAGGI’s headquarters in Cuiabá on February 26. On occasion, the delegation had the opportunity to discuss sustainability aspects of producing and originating conventional soybeans with AMAGGI directors and representatives of the State Environment Secretariat, the Amazon Research Institute (Ipam), the Brazilian Vegetable Oil Industries’ Association (Abiove) and the organizations IDH and Earth Innovation Institute.

Round table at AMAGGI headquarters on sustainable production was part of the visit program

Round table at AMAGGI headquarters on sustainable production was part of the visit program

 

From February 27 to March 1, the delegation visited the conventional soybean production at Fazenda Itamarati in Campo Novo do Parecis (Mato Grosso State), and also visited the farm of Altair José Maria, a partner of AMAGGI and one of the local farmers whose non-transgenic grain is exported to the European market. The visit ended on Monday with a meeting of the entire delegation with the AMAGGI Director of Sustainability, Communication and Compliance Juliana Lopes on technical and value chain matters involving sustainable soy production in the Amazon and Cerrado biomes. The major concern expressed by European importers is that the grain does not originate from illegal deforestation areas.

The delegation learned about the agricultural practices of Fazenda Itamarati in Campo Novo do Parecis

The delegation learned about the agricultural practices of Fazenda Itamarati in Campo Novo do Parecis

 

Conventional Soybeans
All conventional soybeans produced and/or originated by AMAGGI are for export to Europe, about 30% of which are to Denofa. According to the Denofa CEO Bjørn Rask Thomsen, the in-natura soybeans exported to Fredrikstad are crushed at the factory and marketed. To a large extent, the bran is sold to animal feed industries (for producing animal protein); the lecithin is mainly used in industries that use it as an emulsifier (an ingredient that enables stable mixing of elements like water and oil), such as for manufacturing chocolate.

“In Norway and Europe there is currently a debate on how to resolve the conflict between world food production and the preservation of nature. So we wanted to bring our colleagues from the food industry and government representatives to see firsthand how things are happening, what can be improved, and what is already going well. Producers want to be 100% certain that they can trust Denofa’s production chain, that the soybeans are non-GMO and that we have it all documented”, explains Bjørn Rask Thomsen.

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