Dairy’s Contribution to Sustainable Nutrition
Michigan dairy farm families are your neighbors and, like you, they care about fostering a sustainable future for generations to come. They serve millions of Michigan residents from all walks of life, sustainably producing nutrient-rich milk for your table and a wide range of delicious dairy foods.
What is “Sustainable Nutrition”?
Sustainable nutrition is the intersection of agriculture, food production and nutrition – it is how foods contribute to social (e.g., nourishment, health and well-being), economic (e.g., affordable food, job creation) and environmental (e.g., using resources effectively to minimize air, water, land impacts) sustainability.
How are dairy farmers committed to sustainable nutrition?
The dairy community works together to ensure farmland, animals and people are nourished. People understandably want to know where their food comes from and its impact on the environment. Our Michigan dairy farmers are mindful of the planet and committed to producing better food through responsible practices. They realize that sustainable food systems are complex and about more than the carbon footprint alone.
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Today, producing a gallon of milk requires 65% less water, 90% less land, and 76% less manure than 70 years ago! This means that the carbon footprint of milk is 63% smaller than in 1944.
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