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 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.

Learn more about the dairy community’s commitment to responsible production.

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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    Dairy’s health benefits are supported by a robust body of science that continues to grow. Find up-to-date dairy nutrition facts and educational materials on a variety of topics.

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  • Continuing Education

    Continuing Professional Education (CPE) opportunities for nutrition and health professionals.

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  • Plant-Based Diets

    As Americans look to improve their diet, many are seeking plant-based diets. Learn more about dairy's essential role in plant-based eating.

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  • Resource Library

    Looking for handouts and other resources about dairy nutrition and sustainability? We have what you need in our resource library.

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    Nutrition FAQs

    Have questions about dairy nutrition? We have answers.

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