Then, the same team discovered that more soybean protein naturally boosts corn demand, reduces livestock feed costs, and cuts lifecycle GHGs. Proactivism uses an ecosystem approach to increase natural feed demand and help food companies reduce livestock GHGs faster.
Please click here to learn more about the connection between soybean protein, feed corn demand, and food sustainability.
There are several barriers to soybeans powering faster food sustainability progress:
Seed companies and most of the soybean industry do not focus on improved soybean protein with few exceptions, including Benson Hill, AgReliant, and Syngenta. Others have disregarded decades of nutritionists’ warnings that soybean protein is declining, because they don’t get paid directly for nutrition quality.
Farmers naturally select soybean varieties for yields. Most are unaware that their soybean protein levels have been sliding for decades, or that fixing that decline will improve soybean value and corn demand.
Processors sell synthetic amino acids that compete with natural feed, which costs family farmers billions in lost sales. The synthetics have a far higher GHG load than natural feed. Farmers are not paid for higher quality, like farmers see with wheat and beef.
Most livestock nutritionists are unaware of the connection between maximum soybean meal quality and achieving revenue and sustainability targets.
The agriculture system is organized by crops, instead of the interconnected ecosystem it actually is. This means everyone working together is necessary to solve the problem and capture that lost revenue while improving sustainability at the same time.
Here’s how supporting ProActivism helps improve family farm revenue and advance sustainability:
INDEPENDENT SCIENCE — We have eight years of peer-reviewed, USDA-reviewed, field-level variety data on soybeans, but each year there are new varieties.
Ongoing data collection and analysis are needed to determine which new soybean varieties deliver the best feed value in livestock feed.
Annual harvest data analysis is needed to know which soybeans deliver the most value for each species and growth stage.
We have a network of livestock specific websites under development building on our work with soyvalue.com. Additional reporting is needed on soybean value for each livestock site.
Farmer and customer teamwork with food producers is essential.
In 2022, Proactivism is inviting every farmer and consumer who cares about food security to join thousands of farmers who have already taken a confidential personal sustainability survey.
Participants will get a free report on their sustainable practices compared to their peers, and coupons for dollars off “sustainability gear” or food products.
New farmer and consumer education programs with independent funding are needed. Farmers cannot get paid for value they don’t know about. This means funding is needed for:
Advertising campaigns in farm and consumer magazines
Consumer-facing programs that bring a disconnected farm sector back together to help farmers and families advance sustainability together.
Value-sharing negotiations are needed to ensure family farmers who deliver better nutrition get paid their fair share of the sale.
We need your support to hire legal and political experts to get financial support for farmers who are helping achieve the administration’s sustainability goals.
The more farmers who sign up and agree to plant the best soybeans, the more data power they have to get paid more through negotiations with soybean buyers
Its even easier to measure oil value at the variety level and an independent science team has requested the necessary data from the soybean checkoff.
How you can help
Support Proactivism Financially – We’re initially raising $10 million to launch the Proactivism grassroots science and educational programs described here, (sell sheet flyer) and help others commercialize the ecosystem approach in their vertical marketplaces.
Sign up to join the movement – We will send updates for you to post on social media or share in your corporate communications to help support farmers and the families they feed.
Growing healthier together starts with a seed and the feed
Research shows it may be possible for soybean meal protein to reduce pig and poultry greenhouse gasses by more than 4.6%, improve corn demand more than 14% in poultry, and reduce nitrogen challenges. What might this mean for the livestock and poultry industry?
Protecting Family Farmers and Food Sustainability Starts with Natural Feed