Environmental work at farms

A considerable part of the environmental impact of meat products comes from farms. HKScan’s contract producers and their own production facilities are already carrying out significant environmental work, and best practices are actively shared with the company’s primary production chain. HKScan has begun a study to find ways to further reduce the environmental impact of primary production. An example of this work is the commitment made by HKScan in 2014 to use responsibly produced soy throughout its production chain by the end of 2018.

Read more about the environmental impacts of animal production in our fact sheet

At the end of 2016, an environmental prize was launched for Swedish meat producers. The competition is a way for HKScan to encourage its producers to continue to work in environmentally responsible ways, and to share success stories about environmental work on farms. The 2017 environmental prize was won by lamb producers Anna and Tomas Olsson in Sweden. Their goal is to produce high-quality lamb from healthy and well-bred animals, reducing the climate impact of production. Among the ways this is done is by reducing the use of soy in fodder by cultivating protein crops such as lupin and broad beans, and by growing clover as part of the pasture. Clover binds nitrogen in the soil and improves the soil structure.

Biodiversity

Agriculture and livestock production have major impacts on biodiversity. These impacts vary between different regions of the world and with the predominant agricultural practices in each area.

Grazing cattle and lambs and sheep are important to biodiversity in Sweden and Finland: they have kept the landscape open for hundreds of years. In natural pasture at its best, as many as 40 different kinds of plant or insect species can be found per square metre. Many pastures in Sweden and Finland are farmed pastures. These are not as diverse as natural pastures, but they do bind carbon.

HKScan is committed to using responsibly produced soy throughout its production chain, including in animal feed and in foods. The aim is to preserve biodiversity and reduce other environmental and social impacts in the areas where soy is grown.