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U.S. Dairy Aims for Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050
USAgNet - 10/13/2020

Signaling bold climate change action, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy unveiled the Net Zero Initiative, an industry-wide effort that will help U.S. dairy farms of all sizes and geographies implement new technologies and adopt economically viable practices. The initiative is a critical component of U.S. dairy's environmental stewardship goals, endorsed by dairy industry leaders and farmers, to achieve carbon neutrality, optimized water usage and improved water quality by 2050.

"The U.S. dairy community has been working together to provide the world with responsibly-produced, nutritious dairy foods," said Mike Haddad, who chairs the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. "With the entire dairy community at the table -- from farmers and cooperatives to processors, household brands and retailers -- we're leveraging U.S. dairy's innovation, diversity and scale to drive continued environmental progress and create a more sustainable planet for future generations."

The center also announced a key milestone on its journey toward carbon neutrality -- an up to $10 million commitment and multi-year partnership with Nestle to support the Net Zero Initiative and scale access to environmental practices and resources on farms across the country.

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy -- a forum that convenes dairy farmers and industry stakeholders across the value chain to align on shared social responsibility priorities -- built on a decades-long commitment to responsible dairy production in developing the 2050 Environmental Stewardship Goals. Leveraging a rigorous, third-party reviewed materiality assessment, the industry prioritized the most pressing areas of environmental sustainability.

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