September 27, 2023

“That was the consensus view,” reported Matthias Krön, president of Donau Soja.

That organization, which is dedicated to supporting European soy and plant protein supply chains, helped organize the WSRC​​ along with the scientific committee, led by Johann Vollmann, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, (BOKU), Vienna. It was the first time the event was held on European soil. 

The conference saw scientists from all major soybean producing countries including China, the US, Argentina, Canada, Brazil, India, Ukraine, France, Serbia, Japan, and South Korea share insights and discuss their research around topics such as breeding, crop production and crop protection, the use of soy as food and feed, processing technologies, market development and policy topics.

“We have too narrow cropping patterns all over the world,” noted Krön.

Beans and corn dominate many regions in the Americas while grasses are prevalent in Europe. 

“Mono or duo-cultures are not working anymore as they lead to higher pesticide use, even with all the tools of modern agriculture at producers’ disposal. There is a need for a de-risking approach, reducing soy or wheat production in areas where such cultivation is dominant,” he told us. 


Matthias Krön, president of Donau Soja, speaking to press at the event. WSRC11_©Martin Steiger

Highly export driven supply chains are under threat both from the multiple crises the world has experienced in the past few years but also from farming systems, he stressed.

“This means, for example, that we have to become a little less dependent on imports in Europe while Brazil has to become a little less dependent on exports of agriculture commodities.”

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