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Our Vision: A net zero future for dairy farming

Our Vision: A net zero future for dairy farming

Our vision is that the future of the dairy industry can be Net Zero. This is an important step toward fighting climate change. This is why we're helping transform the U.S. dairy industry by joining the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy's Net Zero Initiative.

We're supporting dairy farmers across the country to implement new technologies and adopt more environmental practices, in a way that makes economic sense. The aim is for the industry to achieve net zero carbon emissions, while optimizing water usage and improving water quality by 2050.

Focussing on scaling climate-smart agricultural initiatives is crucial in our journey to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and will help reduce the carbon footprint of many of our products. We're not just collaborating with the U.S. dairy industry but with our suppliers throughout the world to contribute to the industry’s transformation.

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Practical solutions to reduce emissions

On the farms we partner with, there is a range of practical solutions that are undertaken with this goal in mind. For instance, the cow's manure is recovered to efficiently and effectively fertilize crops through nutrient recovery. Methane, a potent greenhouse gas, can be captured through state-of-the-art technology, or reduced by improving cows’ diets. The water produced on farms is used to irrigate crops or recycled back into the cows’ troughs and soakers.

While we were the first company to join the Net Zero Initiative, we hope that others will join us in order to help propel the entire industry's progress toward a more sustainable future. Farmers in our supply-chain are already on-board, like Jon Rebeiro, Farm Manager at Trinkler Dairy – the first net zero demonstration farm in the U.S.

"Today on the farm, we use a lot of sustainable practices, all of our manure that's produced by the cows is either used to fertilize crops or it's dried and used for bedding. To reduce emissions on the dairy farm, it is not a one-size-fits all approach for every dairy."

Jon, like many dairy farmers, is one example of how the U.S. dairy industry is tackling this challenge with innovation and sustainability in mind.

Within our brands, like Carnation, we are very excited about the partnership we have with our dairy farmers. What efforts like the Net Zero Initiative can mean for our farmers, our community, and our planet is going to be so exciting to see.