U.S. Dairy Helps Build a Sustainable Food System

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The U.S. dairy industry is playing a vital role in creating a sustainable food system. Dairy farmers in all 50 states are adopting innovative means to address economic, environmental and social challenges. While milk production in the country has quadrupled since 1944, but the industry uses 90 percent less cropland, consumes 65 percent less water, and emits 63 percent fewer greenhouse gases.

The Innovation Center for U.S Dairy has announced the publication of the 2014 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Report, which highlights the key environmental and social achievements of the industry. In 2014, partnerships, knowledge sharing and actions from farm to table to community addressed the complex interconnections among food production, nutrition and health, economics and the environment.

The report highlights that the dairy industry has voluntarily worked with the USDA, the EPA and the Department of Energy to develop the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap. The roadmap outlines voluntary strategies to bring down methane emissions and build a robust biogas industry. Dairy Power research has helped identify a $3 billion market potential for anaerobic digester systems that co-digest dairy cow manure and food waste.

In 2014, the dairy industry continued its work with Feeding America to increase milk donations to local food banks across the country. Through a collaborative effort, the Great American Milk Drive delivered 283,000 gallons of nutritious milkto hungry families across the country. The dairy community is also working to promote food recovery as an important approach to addressing hunger, safeguarding the environment and reducing costs.

In 2014, the Innovation Center’s partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) was renewed for another two years. As part of the multi-year Sustainable Food for the 21st Century project, a white paper was also released, which shares the insights of 52 thought leaders and experts about how to achieve a sustainable food production system by the year 2050.

Source: DairyHerd.com

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