Sustainability

The U.S. dairy community has had a long-standing commitment to healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet. Successful production depends not only on top-notch cow care, but also on clean air and water, healthy soil and vibrant ecosystems. U.S. dairy farmers are taking strong action, innovating to produce milk and dairy products with fewer resources and a smaller environmental footprint. 

This history of responsible animal and resource stewardship is marked by dedication to continuous improvement with ambitious goals. The U.S. dairy industry is committed to feeding the growing global population in the most sustainable way, including becoming carbon neutral by 2050. These efforts and further progress importantly align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, specifically those focused on food security, human health and responsible stewardship of natural resources, including animals. 

U.S. dairy farmers are already enhancing efficiency and technologies to minimize water use, energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and waste. One example of a unique advantage for reducing waste is through U.S. dairy cows’ specially designed diet, which incorporates materials humans cannot digest — including parts of plants like almond hulls and citrus pulp from other local farms — helping minimize food production waste. The U.S. dairy community’s sustainability efforts are extensive. Learn more here.