The U.S. dairy industry has been diligently gathering data, crunching numbers and double-checking methodologies to ensure that the carbon footprint and life-cycle assessments for fluid milk and cheese are consistent with internationally accepted schemes and protocols. Since we are pretty much done with those, now what?
It is time to cash in — or should I say “create value” — by reducing your carbon footprint. Many folks in the dairy industry have been doing that for longer than the word “sustainability” has been around. But the buzz around sustainability has energized efforts to increase efficiency, reduce waste, reduce greenhouse gases and add to the bottom line like never before.