Dairy Sustainability Report - Carbon Footprint

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Fluid milk carbon footprint study presented at international conference
Today, the Fluid Milk Carbon Footprint Study, which measured the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with a gallon of fluid milk, was presented to an international academic audience by Dr. Greg Thoma, University of Arkansas Applied Sustainability Center. Earlier this week, the Innovation Center distributed a press release to food and agriculture trade media and environmental news media, which can be viewed here.
As you may have read in previous Innovation Center newsletters, the carbon footprint study is a significant first step in the industry’s effort to measure and improve its environmental performance. The industry now has a baseline to measure future progress in GHG reduction, and data that individual farms and businesses can use in their own benchmark calculations and sustainability communications.
In conjunction with other secondary research, the study validates that U.S. dairy accounts for approximately 2 percent of total U.S. GHG emissions versus the often misused 18 percent (previous FAO emissions estimate for global livestock).
The carbon footprint study is based on 2007-2008 data from farms, processors, transportation companies and other sources. A key finding indicates that management practices are an important driver of the carbon footprint for farms, plants and transportation fleets, rather than the geographic region, business model, or size of the farm or organization.
Read more about the carbon footprint study findings here.
Read media coverage of the carbon footprint study here.
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