People are asking questions about their food, where it comes from, and how it impacts the environment.
Our dairy farm families are committed to responsible production, which means a fresher product at your table and even more delicious dairy for generations to come.
Every type of food we eat has an environmental impact. Overall, food accounts for 10-30% of a U.S. household’s carbon footprint. Other aspects of lifestyle, including travel and housing, make up a larger percentage of an individual’s footprint.
In 2012, dairy farmers, brands, and partners across the food chain began working together to reduce their impact by 25% by the year 2020. In recent decades, improvements in animal breeding, animal health programs, cow comfort, and farm management practices have allowed dairy cows today to make more milk from the same quantity of resources (or the same amount of milk with fewer resources). Currently, dairy makes up approximately 2% of U.S. total greenhouse gas emissions. Also, dairy in the U.S. creates the lowest amount of greenhouse gases per gallon of milk compared to the rest of the world.
Explore below the ways dairy farmers are reducing their impact further.