We invite all organisations to sign the Open Letter below, opposing the 'responsible' label for monoculture soy (including GM soy), developed by the industry's Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS). Please find the text of the letter below and attached. The RTRS is holding its 5th conference 9-10 June 2010 in Sao Paolo, Brazil. It is expected that the label will be launched in Europe some time after the conference. This is the time to once more voice strong opposition to this greenwashing of industrial soy! Please send the name of your organisation (and country, if relevant) before Friday June 4th, 4 o'clock European time, to nina [at] corporateeurope.org. There are also versions available in French, Spanish and Dutch. Please feel free to circulate in your networks!
Opposition Round Table Responsible Soy
This report, compiled by ASEED Europe, Base Investigataciones Sociales,Corporate Europe Observatory, Grupo de Reflexión Rural and the Rain Forest Action Network, looks at the impacts of soy production in Latin America ahead of the third Round Table on Responsible Soy conference, and warns that rather than promoting more sustainable production, the Round Table is legitimising the existing environmentally and socially destructive practices within the soy industry.
The Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS), a much criticised initiative for the certification of soy as ‘responsible’, has stepped up its lobbying to be included under the EU's Renewable Energy Directive to certify ‘sustainable agrofuels’. This would give RTRS-approved soy, much of which would be produced in unsustainable and damaging monoculture farming, the EU's seal of approval in the context of the EU 10% agrofuels target.
More than 240 civil society groups, including farmers' organisations, have signed a letter opposing the RTRS proposals for 'responsible' soy. Civil society says the label, which does not prevent deforestation and which will all GM soy to be considered 'responsible' will be meaningless. See the full letter and signatures here:
Friends of the Earth International / Corporate Europe Observatory Media Advisory BRUSSELS (BELGIUM), 8 June 2010 – A proposed new label for ‘responsible’ soy will not stop deforestation, 235 civil society groups from across the globe warned in a letter today, ahead of a conference set to finalise the labeling scheme in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 
After Commissioner Janez Potocnik's very weak reply to the letter sent by Food and Water Europe, CEO and other organisations, the organisations replied back again, stressing the demand for the EC to withdraw from the "European Food Sustainable Consumption and Production Roundtable (SCP Roundtable). Read the letter here.
Corporate Europe Observatory
Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) is a research and campaign group working to expose and challenge the privileged access and influence enjoyed by corporations and their lobby groups in EU policy making.