Dairy farmers contribute to a sustainable food system. They support practices that make economic sense, help the environment and are socially responsible to our communities and our world.
The latest research shows that the U.S. dairy industry accounts for only about 2 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Still, dairy farmers are working on ways to reduce that figure even more: Over a recent 10-year period, dairy farming used about 21% less land, 30.5% less water, 20% less fuel, and 17% less feed. Their work continues as the dairy industry has committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
More milk is produced today with only 9 million cows than with 26 million cows in 1944. While providing a supply of healthy milk for consumers and protecting the environment, dairy farmers oversee some of the most efficient, productive cows in the world!