- Healthy Planet
Our current global food system leaves almost 870 million people hungry each day. That’s why America’s dairy farmers remain committed to helping solve not only our nation’s hunger issues, but those faced by people across the globe.
“It will be America’s farmers who will be responsible for feeding a growing population,” Tom Gallagher, CEO of National Dairy Council, said today at a Future of Food event in Washington, D.C. “America’s farmers are ready to meet the challenge, and we encourage the rest of the world to meet that challenge as well.”
In order to feed a growing population, global food production will need to increase by over 60 percent over the next 40 years, Gallagher said in a blog post published today on the Chicago Council of Global Affairs website.
Water is a precious and versatile resource on dairy farms. Because dairy farmers are vigilant stewards of the land, they remain conscious of how they utilize water, ensuring it is done in the smartest and most sustainable ways possible.
This natural resource is not just provided to cows as a refreshing drink, it also is used in other ways, such as chilling milk at the farm.
Because milk leaves a cow’s body at 101 degrees, water is used in a cooling system in the farm’s milking parlor to quickly chill it to about 38 degrees, assuring its continued freshness from the farm to your refrigerator.
Dairy farmers have long been vigilant in upholding their legacy as environmental stewards.
Today, they are building upon their sustainability successes by renewing a three-year commitment with USDA to continue advancing their eco-friendly and sustainability practices.
Building off an original pledge made in 2009, the dairy industry – from farm to table – voluntarily committed themselves to reduce their output of greenhouse gases by 25 percent over the next ten years.
2013 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards: Small changes are delivering big benefits to our people, our communities and our planet – that is the heritage and ongoing commitment of dairy farmers.
Because dairy farmers are directly connected to the land they farm on, they understand how vital it is to protect the Earth, not just today, but everyday. This responsibility — protecting the land, air and water — is one they not only take on alone, but share with the rest of us as well.
Like you, dairy farmers are committed to helping nurture a healthy planet.
Sustainability isn’t just a buzz word for dairy farmers, it’s something ingrained in their everyday lives. From farmers to producers to local grocers, the dairy industry remains vital to our nation.
Ever find that listening to some of your favorite jams tends to help you be more productive during your work day?
Turns out, you are not the only one who can get into a steady groove listening to your favorite playlist. Some dairy cows also tend to be more productive – by producing more milk when stimulated by the sounds of certain types of music, according to research.
Bryan Weech of World Wildlife Fund and Emily Miggins of Safeway toured the Golden Oaks Dairy with the Sustainability Council.
By Greg Miller President, Dairy Research Institute We’ve all heard the old adage, “actions speak louder than words.” When it comes to questions from consumers about dairy sustainability, the team at Golden Oaks Farm in Wauconda, Ill. can certainly show
As the dairy industry continues on its path toward a more sustainable future, we are re-committing ourselves to healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet. And like our founding fathers, we understand the importance of a touchstone document that puts our values into words and helps guide our journey.