The U.S. dairy industry is responsible for less than 2 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions in the country. U.S. dairy, per gallon, has the lowest carbon footprint of any country in the world.
Dairy farmers are working hard to further reduce their carbon footprint and the impact milk production has on the environment. Farmers have long worked on reducing the carbon footprint of a glass of milk. In fact, from 2007 to 2017, it was reduced by 19 percent.
But dairy farmers are not done yet. The U.S. dairy industry has committed to the ambitious goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Shrinking our carbon footprint is a big goal – but dairy farmers are up for the challenge.
The entire U.S. dairy industry, with the support of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, will work toward net zero in the coming years by leveraging technology, best practices and ensuring that innovations are accessible and affordable for farmers and companies.
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