In 2018, China blocked imports of US soy, leaving a bumper crop without their biggest export market. Immediately, EU commission president Jean-Claude Juncker was on hand to promise US president Trump that Europe would boost imports.
Since then, there has never been so much genetically-modified US soy on the European market, mostly in factory farms. And this new wave of US soy, most of it also sprayed with glyphosate, isn’t just propping up industrial agriculture – it’s also killing the climate. Biodiesel produced from US soy should be deemed too unsustainable to be sold at the pump in the EU: the commission’s own figures say it is twice as bad for the climate as fossil diesel.
But as of 29th January 2019, Europeans are able to fill their tanks with biodiesel from US soy, after the commission adapted its sustainability criteria for the EU market.1 Another concession for Trump – at the expense of animal welfare, our health and the environment.