Sustainable Nutrition

Taking care of the land, the planet, and people

New England dairy farmers are committed to providing nutrient-rich foods that nourish people, while strengthening communities and protecting the land and the environment so that future generations can continue to provide to others through local farming.

This means that protecting natural resources like soil and water, diverting organic waste from landfills, and providing exceptional cow care are all part of the day-to-day on the farm. New technology has allowed dairy farmers to be more efficient than ever before and therefore has led to a reduction in the carbon footprint of dairy farming in the United States.

Dairy farms in the U.S. now use 90% less cropland, 65% less water, and 63% less carbon than they did in 1944. Globally, U.S. dairy farms contribute roughly 2% of total greenhouse gas emissions.

Dairy is highly nutritious and accessible

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

Talk about bang for your buck!

See how plant-based alternatives stack up to cow’s milk when it comes to calories, nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and price.

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Sustainable Nutrition

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    2018 Sustainability Report

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    Resource Library

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