Dairy’s sustainability story from recycling water to fueling automobiles

However for greater than a decade, the US dairy business has been working aggressively to scale back cows’ carbon hoofprint and meet bold targets to develop into greenhouse fuel impartial, optimize their water use and enhance water high quality by 2050.

On this episode of FoodNavigator-USA’s Soup-To-Nuts podcastKaren Scanlon, govt vp, environmental stewardship for Dairy Administration Inc. and the Innovation Heart for US Dairy, shares particulars about these targets and the progress business is making to attain them.

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‘The Innovation Heart was set on a path to exhibit the transformative good that… dairy does’

Like most intentional sustainability initiatives, the US dairy business, below the steerage of the Dairy Checkoff and Innovation Heart for US Dairy, started its journey to enhance its environmental affect with a lifecycle evaluation in 2008 – the primary of its form within the US meals agriculture sector. As Scanlon explains, its findings weren’t as unhealthy as many thought, however there was room for vital enchancment.

The LCA targeted on fluid milk and located that US dairy accounts for two% whole greenhouse fuel emissions within the US, 5.1% of US water use and three.7% of US farmland.

“Realizing the dedication that farmers and dairy firms must steady enchancment, the Innovation Heart was set on a path to exhibit that transformative good that we consider dairy does for individuals, for communities and for the planet,”Scanlon stated.

And it’s already making progress for the reason that evaluation was carried out, and whereas there may be extra to do, she stated the progress demonstrates US dairy farmers’ dedication to caring for the earth and responding to shopper issues about how their meals is made.

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