What Do You Think A Sustainable Dairy Industry Looks Like?

January 13, 2016 10:34 AM
Dairy Heifers

Sustainability is a goal farmers aim to reach in every area of their business. The three pillars of sustainability, social, economic and environmental, play a vital role in success. Recently the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy released their new Stewardship and Sustainability Guide for U.S. Dairy. Producers and other stakeholders have 60 days to comment on the new set of sustainability indicators.

The guide was established in 2013 and is intended to help the dairy sector improve suitability throughout all channels.

Officials say the new indicators were established by a cross section of people from the dairy industry including farmers, dairy processors and manufacturers.

 Soil health, landscape stewardship, resource recovery, feed management, and water quality and quantity, are all addressed by the new indicators

"Consumers, customers and other stakeholders are increasingly interested in understanding where their food comes from and how it is made," said Barbara O'Brien, president of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. "The Guide delivers on our commitment to work collaboratively, from farm to retail, to advance and communicate dairy's environmental stewardship and social responsibility."

The new guide can be viewed and comments submitted online at USDairy.com/SustainabilityGuide through March 10, 2016.

The sustainability of the dairy industry is very top of mind for consumers, according to Joan Behr, senior director of communications and brand management, Foremost Farms USA. He says the guide allows the U.S. dairy industry “to support our customers' sustainable sourcing goals, and the industry-wide alignment is essential to remain competitive.”

The final revised Stewardship and Sustainability Guide for U.S. Dairy will be released in May.

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