Why Real Dairy?

Real dairy matters for our communities, our health, and our environment. Dairy is undeniably in the DNA of New England. Click around the interactive infographic below to learn about its many benefits.

Unique Nutritional Package

Together, milk, cheese and yogurt provide a unique package of 9 essential nutrients.

Calcium

Supports bone and dental health and plays an important role in maintaining healthy blood pressures

Vitamin D

Supports bone health and helps fight inflammation

Phosphorus

Supports bone health and energy metabolism

Potassium

Helps maintain normal blood pressure and healthy electrolyte balance

Vitamin B12

Supports nervous system health

Riboflavin

Helps your body use carbohydrates, protein, and fat as fuel

Vitamin A

Helps keep eyes and skin healthy

Niacin

Helps energy metabolism

Protein

Builds and repairs muscle

Sustainability & Environmental Impact

Highlights of dairy's sustainable cycle:

Feeding the cows

Food companies, retailers and restaurants can partner with dairy farmers to recycle food scraps that are inedible to humans, avoiding landfills or incineration.

Feeding the land

Leftover food and food scraps that people don't eat may be recycled into a natural fertilizer for the land through composting and anaerobic digesters.

Reusable energy from cow manure

A dairy cow can produce a lot of manure – a valuable resource. In addition to being a natural fertilizer, anaerobic digester systems allow farmers to convert manure into clean, renewable electricity.

Protecting our soil & water

Dairy farmers use many practices to prevent soil erosion in agriculture-like planting cover crops and manure injection-keeping nutrients in the ground and out of our waterways.

Impact on Local Economy

Dairy farms provide jobs and stimulate economic stability in our region, while producing a local food supply for our communities.

The dairy industry in New England supports:

Find the impact in your specific state by using the International Dairy Foods Association’s (IDFA) Economic Impact Tool

Cost of Dairy & Food Accessibility

1 in 6 Americans faces hunger.

The first step in addressing this issue is ensuring that nutritious foods are available for all.

Real dairy milk is naturally nutrient rich, which non-dairy milks find difficult to match.

According to the experts, eliminating nutrient-rich food groups like dairy may not only be unnecessary, but it could also negatively impact diet and health.

At only $0.26 or less per cup milk is affordable nutrition.

Non-dairy milk can be twice the cost of real milk, at an average price of $0.40 per cup.

Families who buy real dairy milk over non-dairy milk save on average $508 per year.

Few foods deliver milk’s powerhouse of nutrients in such an affordable, appealing and readily available way.

See how non-dairy milks stack up to cow's milk when it comes to calories, nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and price

Dairy Product Variety

Dairy is the milk in your cereal, the cheese on your pizza, the yogurt in your morning smoothie.

There is something for everyone and several options that work for your lifestyle. Dairy is part of all the things we love to eat and is present during some of the most special moments in our lives.

Unique Nutritional Package

Together, milk, cheese and yogurt provide a unique package of 9 essential nutrients.

Calcium

Supports bone and dental health and plays an important role in maintaining healthy blood pressures

Vitamin D

Supports bone health and helps fight inflammation

Phosphorus

Supports bone health and energy metabolism

Potassium

Helps maintain normal blood pressure and healthy electrolyte balance

Vitamin B12

Supports nervous system health

Riboflavin

Helps your body use carbohydrates, protein, and fat as fuel

Vitamin A

Helps keep eyes and skin healthy

Niacin

Helps energy metabolism

Protein

Builds and repairs muscle

Sustainability & Environmental Impact

Highlights of dairy's sustainable cycle:

Feeding the cows

Food companies, retailers and restaurants can partner with dairy farmers to recycle food scraps that are inedible to humans, avoiding landfills or incineration.

Feeding the land

Leftover food and food scraps that people don't eat may be recycled into a natural fertilizer for the land through composting and anaerobic digesters.

Reusable energy from cow manure

A dairy cow can produce a lot of manure – a valuable resource. In addition to being a natural fertilizer, anaerobic digester systems allow farmers to convert manure into clean, renewable electricity.

Protecting our soil & water

Dairy farmers use many practices to prevent soil erosion in agriculture-like planting cover crops and manure injection-keeping nutrients in the ground and out of our waterways.

Impact on Local Economy

Impact on Local Economy

The dairy industry in New England supports:

Find the impact in your specific state by using the International Dairy Foods Association’s (IDFA) Economic Impact Tool

Cost of Dairy & Food Accessibility

The first step in addressing this issue is ensuring that nutritious foods are available for all.

Real dairy milk is naturally nutrient rich, which non-dairy milks find difficult to match.

According to the experts, eliminating nutrient-rich food groups like dairy may not only be unnecessary, but it could also negatively impact diet and health.

At only $0.26 or less per cup milk is affordable nutrition.

Non-dairy milk can be twice the cost of real milk, at an average price of $0.40 per cup.

Families who buy real dairy milk over non-dairy milk save on average $508 per year.

Few foods deliver milk’s powerhouse of nutrients in such an affordable, appealing and readily available way.

See how non-dairy milks stack up to cow's milk when it comes to calories, nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and price

Dairy Product Variety

Dairy is the milk in your cereal, the cheese on your pizza, the yogurt in your morning smoothie.

There is something for everyone and several options that work for your lifestyle. Dairy is part of all the things we love to eat and is present during some of the most special moments in our lives.

woman with trivia wheel and kids

What’s fresh, local and always in season? Must Be The REAL Milk!

Learn more about how we connect New Englanders to their local dairy farmers through the the Must Be The Milk campaign.

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