It is estimated that at least one third of forest areas worldwide have been destroyed. The most significant deforestation is currently found in the tropical areas. When a forest disappears, both the landscape and climate undergo major changes. We see a reduction in evaporation and air humidity, resulting in changes to the climate and water cycle not just in the local area but, in some cases, also at some distance from the deforested areas.
Deforestation leads to the release of organically bound carbon. There is also the loss of or significant reduction in CO2 capture by the trees for photosynthesis in these areas. As a result, more carbon is emitted to the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, and this can substantially increase the greenhouse effect.
Soy is a raw material used to produce animal feed and is also used in feed for redfish. We have a requirement that all raw materials used in our fish feed shall be GMO-free. Very few countries produce GMO-free soy, but Brazil has large-scale production. The challenges represented by soy produced in Brazil can be that it is produced in deforested areas. This is not prohibited by Brazilian legislation, but is negative for the climate.
Lerøy only makes use of Pro Terra soy, certified as originating from areas that have not been deforested. Nonetheless, as a major purchaser in this area, we are very much aware of our responsibility to continue to work in alliances and with partners to prevent soy production in areas cleared by means of deforestation.
Lerøy ambitions in this area
Lerøy aims to contribute towards stopping global deforestation to the greatest extent possible. Lerøy shall not make use of raw materials cultivated in areas cleared via deforestation. Deforestation is mainly related to raw materials for fish feed in our aquaculture business, but may also be relevant in connection with the purchase of packaging materials.
Action taken by Lerøy in the area
How we measure our impact in this area
We measure our impact via close dialogue and follow-up, in addition to third-party audits and use of our traceability system.
Lerøy has high expectations of its suppliers and are engaging with Cargill as they work to transform the food supply chain to be more sustainable. Our engagement with Cargill extends beyond the aqua nutrition business and is focused on making meaningful progress toward addressing climate change and eliminating deforestation from their supply chains in the shortest time possible.
“Lerøy is an important and valued customer of Cargill, and we have worked together to find innovative solutions which provide high-quality aquafeed produced in the most sustainable way. Our engagement and work with Lerøy is driving meaningful change in our approach – especially in accelerating our progress on protecting forests in Brazil – and this is critical in building a more sustainable path forward to transform the food supply chain.” Dave MacLennan, Cargill Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Efforts going forward
Lerøy aims to continue to contribute towards ensuring that raw materials used in fish feed do not originate from deforested areas. We will continue to work in this area by means of: