1 The Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University2 Health Promotion, The Department of Psychology and Educational Studies, Roskilde University3 Health, Environment, Every Day Life and Food Production, Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University4 The Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change, Roskilde University5 University College London6 Social Dynamics and Change, Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University7 Econexus8 Grupo de Reflexión Rural9 Ministerio de la Producción, Provincia de Santa Fé
the case of Argentinean soy-based biodiesel
With the rising emphasis on biofuels as a potential solution to climate change, this paper asks whether certification schemes, developed to promote sustainable feedstock production, are able to deliver genuine sustainability benefits. The Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) is a certification scheme that aims to promote responsible soy production through the development of principles and criteria. However, can and does this initiative address the negative impacts associated with the intensive production of soy? Taking the example of soy biodiesel produced in Argentina, this paper asks whether the social and environmental impacts of soybean production can be mitigated by the RTRS. It concludes that at present certification schemes are unlikely to be able to address either the institutional challenges associated with their implementation or the detrimental impacts of the additional demand generated by biofuels.
Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 2010, Vol 15, Issue 4, p. 371-394