Dairy Farming and Sustainability
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 are dairy farmers doing for the environment?
The dairy community works together to ensure farmland, animals and people are nourished. 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.
U.S. dairy farms contribute just 2% of total global greenhouse gas emissions. And, unlike fossil fuels, which release new carbon into the atmosphere, cows recycle carbon! The CO2 in the atmosphere is converted by plants into carbohydrates, the cows digest the plants, producing milk, manure and methane. The milk nourishes us, the manure nourishes the soil and the methane converts to CO2, starting the cycle all over.