Iowa Soybean Association Issues Acre Challenge to Growers

Farmer-led acre campaign will feed thousands through World Soy Foundation.

Published on: Oct 11, 2007

The Iowa Soybean Association Board of Directors is calling on Iowa soybean growers to join them in making this year's soybean harvest part of the solution to world hunger. ISA board members are donating the cash equivalent of 21 acres of soybeans to the World Soy Foundation, which will use the proceeds to support soy-based nutrition programs in developing countries where hunger and malnutrition are widespread.

One acre of soybeans, approximately 42 bushels, can be used to make more than 2,500 gallons of soymilk or more than 40,000 eight-ounce servings. When converted into soybean oil and soy flour there is enough high-quality fat and protein to meet the full caloric needs for 80 people for a whole month — and that's a conservative estimate. Therefore, the entire Iowa Soybean Board donation can be equated to 840,000 eight-ounce servings of soy milk or a month's caloric needs for 1,680 people.

Gratifying to see power of soy protein

ISA President Curt Sindergard, who farms at Rolfe in northwest Iowa, is one of the acre donors. He says, "It is gratifying to see the power of soy protein to do good in the world. We hope that fellow Iowa soybean growers, soybean processors and other allied industries will join us in contributing to the important work of the World Soy Foundation."

Iowa soybean growers and their peers across the nation have been instrumental in the creation of the World Soy Foundation, a 501c3 charitable organization. Roy Bardole of Rippey serves as vice chair and Roy Arends of Alexander has also served on the World Soy Foundation board since its inception.

The World Soy Foundation works with private voluntary and non-governmental organizations to deliver soy protein and nutrition education to people who need it around the world. Projects sponsored by the foundation include complementary foods for children 6 to 36 months, school feeding programs and soy nutritional services. These projects let soy be part of the solution in a world where:

Every 5 seconds a child dies of hunger

Every five seconds a child dies because she or he is hungry, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. There are roughly more than 400 million hungry children in the world today.

Food is an essential tool in the fight against HIV/AIDS. An estimated 39.5 million people are living with HIV. With improved nutrition, people can have a far better quality of life as well as contribute more to their families and the economies of their countries.

To contribute, go to www.worldsoyfoundation.org. The World Soy Foundation is different from the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health Program that U.S. soybean growers also support. While some of the work WISHH did in its early years was humanitarian in nature, the World Soy Foundation expands on that experience, says WISHH Executive Director Jim Hershey.

WISHH will continue to work with private companies in developing countries to build demand and markets for U.S. soy products. "By creating the World Soy Foundation, soybean farmers are inviting everyone to take part in helping people improve their diets through educational efforts and select international feeding programs," says Hershey.

For information about World Soy Foundation, go to www.worldsoyfoundation.org or contact Karen Edwards at 703-281-7600 karen@kcegroup.com.