Working to ensure a reliable food supply for today and tomorrow

Sustainable food systems combine savvy management practices with the latest technology to produce safe, affordable food for today’s consumers while protecting resources like soil and water to ensure future generations can do the same. 
The process of raising food sustainably starts in the farm office and continues through the soy supply chain to store shelves with companies at each step of the supply chain doing their part to address important concerns like carbon footprint, water quality and energy use, to name a few. 


How ISA Defines Sustinability

ISA defines sustainable agriculture as meeting today’s needs while helping future generations to meet their needs by: 

  • Increasing productivity to meet future needs while decreasing environmental impact.
  • Improving access to safe food and feed, and the production of renewable fuel that reduces air quality impacts.
  • Improving the social and economic well-being of farmers and the global community. 

Sustainability from the Ground Up

Illinois soybean growers have a long history of increasing production, while decreasing the impact made on the environment... and the effect ripples around the world.

Meeting today's sustainability goals is not a new idea. In fact, many Illinois farmers have been making improvements long before sustainability was popular, and we're still at it. 

SoyTalk Research Shows Consumers Value Farmer Sustainability Efforts

See an overview of the results from ISA’s recent consumer attitudes survey here.

Review more in-depth details from the research that were presented at SoyTalk here.

Conservation Rising

Take a closer look at how Illinois farmers are increasing conservation practices. READ MORE >

Protecting the Future of Food: The Scoop on Raising Sustainable Soybeans

Sustainability looks different on every farm. Soybean farmers use a variety of practices to conserve and improve water and soil quality and to increase plant diversity. Read more about sustainability successes and get facts and figures related to sustainability efforts in this brochure from the United Soybean Board.

Field to Market: Fieldprint Calculator & Sustainability Research

Field To Market is a diverse alliance working to create opportunities across the agricultural supply chain for continuous improvements in productivity, environmental quality, and human well-being.


Have Questions About How Sustainable Soybean Practices Can Improve Your Operation?

Contact Amy Roady, ISA Director of Communications, at:
P: (309) 808-3610