Publication
Title
Soybean trade : balancing environmental and socio-economic impacts of an intercontinental market
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Abstract
The trade in soybean, an important animal feed product, exemplifies the environmental and socio-economic impact of global markets and global agricultural policy. This paper analyses the impact of increasing production of soybean in the exporting countries (deforestation and grassland conversion) as well as in importing regions (decrease in permanent grassland by substitution of grass as feed). Ecosystem services monetary values were used to calculate the environmental and socio-economic impact of observed land use changes. This is balanced against the economic value of the global soybean trade. The results prove that consumption choices in one region have real effects on the supply of ecosystem services at a large spatial scale. Conclusively, solutions to make this global market more sustainable are discussed.
Language
English
Source (journal)
PLoS ONE
Publication
2016
ISSN
1932-6203
Volume/pages
11:5(2016), 13 p.
Article Reference
e0155222
ISI
000377146100003
Medium
E-only publicatie
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UAntwerpen
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Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Creation 05.07.2016
Last edited 13.08.2017
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