Soybeans. Photo: Jing / Pixabay .

More than two dozen companies, including British grocer J Sainsbury Plc, Swiss food giant Nestle SA and French yogurt maker Danone SA, have signed the UK Soy Manifesto , a UK initiative to stop soy shipments from deforested regions of the world. The initiative, launched on 9 November 2021 with secretarial support from British consultancy Efeca , follows similar efforts in Europe. Initial funding was provided by grocery chain Tesco Plc and the World Wildlife Fund.