Sustainable Nutrition

Taking care of the planet and nourishing local communities.

Dairy is highly nutritious and accessible

New England dairy farmers are committed to providing nutrient-rich foods that nourish people while strengthening communities and protecting the environment to ensure New England’s local food system continues to thrive. In addition, when thinking about what sustainable nutrition means, the nutritional quality of an eating pattern is of primary importance.

All food has an environmental impact that should be weighed against its role in providing nutritional and health benefits.

Cow’s milk is the number one source of three out of the four nutrients of concern in the American diet, which are vitamin D, calcium, and potassium (the fourth is fiber). These are nutrients that most children and adults do not get enough of. On average, one 8oz serving of milk (one cup) costs $0.26, and provides 8 grams of high-quality protein, along with:

  • 25% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin D
  • 30% of the recommended intake of calcium
  • 10% of the recommended intake of potassium
See what experts are saying about the nutritional benefits of dairy foods and their contributions to health, wellness, and sustainable food systems below.
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