ENSA Press Release: European Week of Soya 2013 - EU policy support for plant-based foods essential if Europe wants sustainable food production and consumption

Brussels, 4 December 2013 – European institutions must invest more in resource-efficient and healthy crops such as soy and other plant-based foods if they are to deliver on their commitment to move to more sustainable production and consumption. This was the conclusion of a panel discussion held today, hosted by the European Natural Soyfoods Manufacturers Association (ENSA) and MEP Bart Staes (Belgium, the Greens) to mark ENSA’s 10th anniversary and the launch of its reference guide “Growing appetite for a healthy and sustainable diet: Soyfood production and consumption in Europe”.

The reference guide, launched during the panel debate “10 years of driving sustainable food consumption and production - what’s next?” was created to highlight the latest trends in food supply and demand as well as the important role of plant-based foods in reducing the environmental footprint of agricultural production and providing healthy and wholesome products to European consumers.

ENSA Press Release: European Week of Soya 2013 - EU policy support for plant-based foods essential if Europe wants sustainable food production and consumption (PDF)

 


Foodnavigator - What is the true cost of reduced plant food consumption?

Increasing intakes of soy and other plant-based foods and supplements can reduce environmental burdens – but does the political will exist to do it? Not really, says the chair of the 10-year-old European Natural Soyfood Manufacturers Association (ENSA).

What is the true cost of reduced plant food consumption(PDF)


European Week of Soya 2013 - 10 years of driving sustainable food consumption and production - what's next?

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the European Natural Soyfood Manufacturers Association, Mr Bart Staes MEP and ENSA are organizing an interactive lunch panel debate on "10 years of driving sustainable food consumption and production - what's next?", on 4 December in Brussels.

Since its foundation in 2003, ENSA has raised awareness for the role of soy and a plant-based diet in moving to a more sustainable food production and consumption pattern. With the expected EU Communication on Sustainable Food by the European Commission this topic is more relevant than ever. During the lunch debate, high-level speakers will provide key insights on all aspects of the food supply chain and will enter in an interactive panel discussion on the role of industry players, policymakers and consumers in the move towards a more sustainable diet.

Event programme:

11.45 – 12.10 Arrival and registration
12.10 – 12.20 Opening speech by MEP Bart Staes (The Greens, Belgium)
12.20 – 12.30 Presentation by Bernard Deryckere, President of ENSA
12.30 – 12.35 Video message from the EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik
12.35 – 13.55 Panel discussion moderated by Frédéric Simon, Editor at EurActiv:

  • Ben Caspar, Policy Officer, Eco-Innovation and Circular Economy, DG Environment
  • Matthias Krön, Chairman of The Danube Soya Association
  • Luc Rogge, CEO of Colruyt
  • Bernard Deryckere, President of ENSA

Q&A session

13.55 – 14.00 Closing by Bernard Deryckere, President of ENSA
14.00 Networking

SAC Position Paper - Plant based diets for a healthy heart

Plant-based diets, which are mostly or completely made up of plant foods, are becoming more and more popular because of the benefits they bring to both our health and the health of the planet. While there are many advantages to plant-based eating, one particular benefit, where the evidence really stands out, is in keeping our hearts healthy.

SAC Position Paper - Plant based diets for a healthy heart (PDF)


ENSA position on Danish recommendation on rice products for children

Brussels – 16 May 2013: The European Natural Soyfoods Manufacturers Association (ENSA) takes note of the recommendation by the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries on rice products for children. ENSA believes that maximum levels for harmful substances should not be surpassed and consumers should be accurately informed about the products they consume.

ENSA statement on Danish recommendation (PDF)

 


ENSA statement on the opinion issued by Anses in France on drinks of babies

The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (Anses) has issued an opinion on the risk related to the use of drinks other than mother’s milk and the substitutes to mother’s milk in the feeding of babies from birth until 1 year.

The Anses study clearly states that none of the 211 drinks identified utilizes the name "infant formula" or "follow-on formula". Anses only states that “some of these products are labelled suggesting a possible use in young children.”

ENSA statement on the Anses opinion (PDF)


SAC Position Paper - Soyfoods and Cognitive Health

Everyday tasks we take for granted such as thinking, remembering, reacting, paying attention, recognising people and our environment are collectively known as cognitive functions. As we get older some of these processes maybe effected as our brain undergoes natural structural and functional changes. However the extent of these changes will vary from one individual to another.

The term Dementia describes a group of cognitive symptoms that get worse over time including loss of memory, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning. While there are a number of different diseases and conditions that cause Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common cause. In Europe approximately 9.9 million people suffer from Dementia, with Western Europe having the highest proportion of sufferers in the world.

Soyfoods and cognitive health (PDF)