A group called SoyFoods Haiti Alliance Relief Effort (SHARE) is coordinating the donation and delivery of soy foods, soy snacks and soy milk to Haiti. Solae, Whitewave, Alpro and Vitasoy have already donated products and more high-protein donations are sought through Feed the Children and other organizations. ” High protein,” of course, is delivered in the form of soy.
While relief efforts are clearly needed and this one seems benevolent, the industry’s real motive is spelled out clearly in a trade newsletter. “In the longer term, donations could also include soybeans, soy protein ingredients and micro-nutrient supplements for value-added processing in Haiti.” Over the long term, this means decreased reliance on local farmers and cottage industries, failure to build local, sustainable food sources, people forced to rely on unhealthy food products (as opposed to real food), and more profits for the global soy industry. Long term, that means a whole country that will need to go into “soy recovery.”