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a greater
by Kristen Putch | kputch@sosland.com
airy processors in the United States
and beyond are aware of the impact of
sustainability on the dairy sector and
the ongoing efforts to produce products that are
respectful to the resources, land, animals and
people involved.
In recent years there has been increasing
pressure on dairy companies to demonstrate
greater environmental stewardship and social
responsibility. This comes at a time when the
business case for sustainable operations grows
stronger every year.
Over the past 75 years, US dairy production
has made significant reductions in water and
land use while drastically reducing greenhouse
gas (GHG) emissions - but consumers and
investors want more from the industry.
GOAL SETTING
A year-long consultation process that included
input from the Dairy Sustainability Alliance and
an extensive stakeholder and public comment
period led to the development of voluntary
environmental stewardship goals in 2020.
As a result, US dairy collectively commits to
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impact
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Sustainability and environmental stewardship are making
waves throughout the dairy supply chain.
achieve GHG neutrality, optimize water use
while maximizing recycling and improve water
quality by optimizing utilization of manure and
nutrients by 2050.
" Reaching these goals requires partnerships
across the dairy value chain and with partners in
agriculture and research as well as with global,
multilateral companies and organizations, "
said Karen Scanlon, senior vice president,
Environmental Stewardship, Dairy Management
Inc., Rosemont, Ill. " US dairy will reach these
goals through the work of individual farm
and company efforts and through two main
strategies: the US Dairy Net Zero Initiative for
field and farm and the Processor Working Group
for the plant. "
The Processor Working Group, which was
established in 2017, convenes more than 50
participants representing over 25 organizations
to support continuous improvement in GHG,
packaging, waste and water.
The group has shaped a processor handbook
that provides insight and guidance for
processors to assess the sustainability of their
operations, highlight responsible management
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