What is Sustainable U.S. Soy?

It is soy verified by a third-party that the soy was produced sustainably in the United States.

Produced sustainably means U.S. farmers use practices that:

  • Conserve natural habitats and promote biodiversity,
  • Enhance soil health and productivity,
  • Support crop health,
  • Reduce and recycle waste,
  • Improve energy-use efficiency,
  • Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions,
  • Safeguard the quality and supply of water, and
  • Manage nutrients in a responsible manner.

Produced sustainably also means the soy was produced under fair working conditions, using practices that support worker and public safety and foster community relations.

Furthermore, sustainable U.S. Soy includes a commitment to continuous improvement, adopting best management practices, as well as new methods and technologies.

How is U.S. Soy Verified as Sustainable?

Soy Export Sustainability LLC uses the U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) to verify sustainable production. The SSAP outlines how farmers contribute to improving environmental, social and economic outcomes. The protocol includes regulations, processes and management practices that ensure sustainable soy production.

The SSAP was developed through a process involving the entire value chain, ensuring a measurable and results-driven approach. It undergoes regular reviews and updates. Each year, third-party farm audits are conducted for compliance.

When you encounter the Sustainable U.S. Soy label, it signifies at least 60% of the soy used in the product has been verified as sustainable by the SSAP.

For products containing whole soybeans, a minimum of 90% of the soybeans must be verified to use the Sustainable U.S. Soy label.

Why Choose Sustainable U.S. Soy?

U.S. soybean farmers and the soy industry have invested in sustainability for more than 75 years. Recent measurements of progress since 1980 demonstrate significant achievements in sustainability for the U.S. Soy industry, such as:

  • 48% land use efficiency improvement,
  • 46% energy use efficiency improvement,
  • 43% greenhouse gas emissions efficiency improvement,
  • 34% soil conservation improvement, and
  • 130% crop yield increase.

These achievements are due in part to research investment from farmers and the industry leading to technology advances and new farming practices. The success also relies on U.S. Soy’s dedication to continuous improvement.

The spirit of improvement carries on as the U.S. Soy industry aims for more sustainability success through these goals by 2025:

  • Reduce land use impact by 10%
  • Reduce soil erosion by 25%
  • Increase energy use efficiency by 10%
  • Reduce total greenhouse gas emissions by 10%


Plus, U.S. Soy has the lowest carbon footprint, including Land Use Change, of the main origin countries supplying soybeans to the global market.

U.S. Soy’s low carbon footprint is due to U.S. farmers implementing cultivation practices and techniques to minimize emissions, while U.S. forest land has remained stable for nearly 40 years.

Carbon Footprint (Including Land Use Change) of Whole Soybeans

*Results based on default emission modelling, including land use change emissions, according to the rules of the PEFCR-Feed guidance document (European Commission, 2018) as implemented in the Agri-Footprint5.0 database. Input data rely on country average FAO statistics and other secondary sources. Supplier specific information would improve data quality and may provide differing results. Comparisons have not been reviewed in the context of ISO 14040/14044 compliance.