From Nov. 27-28th 2018, exhibitors will come together to showcase California’s world-leading achievements in sustainable dairy farm practices and the role dairy plays in the global food system. The aim is to explore new ways for dairy farmers to continue improving environmental sustainability, develop new business opportunities, and reduce on-farm costs as well as highlight information, technology, and services that can support dairy farmers’ efforts to meet continuing challenges, further improve efficiency, and ensure economic and environmental sustainability.
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California is the leading state worldwide in the development of innovative and sustainable dairy farm practices: reducing methane emissions, protecting air and water quality, producing clean, renewable energy, and conserving resources through
Check out the recently released video from Dairy Cares that highlights how dairy farmers, technology providers, state officials, and researchers are working together to develop climate-smart practices, mirroring the broader collaboration that happened onsite at the California Dairy Sustainability Summit.
- A United Nations report published in 2006 claimed that 18% of anthropogenic GHG emissions come from livestock – making it a bigger polluter than the transportation sector. According to the research of Dr. Mitloehner (Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist at the University of California, Davis) and his team this information is incorrect as the UN FAO has conducted a full life cycle assessment for the livestock sector (tracking all activities from farm to consumer). For transportation, however, the UN report has only calculated the tailpipe emissions. Acknowledging this procedural error, the UN named Dr. Mitloehner to chair a task force to do proper calculations. The result showed that livestock agriculture only accounts for four percent (4%) of greenhouse gases while transportation is closer to forty percent (40%).
- “Productivity will continue to drive sustainability,” explained Dr. Frank Mitloehner. The most efficient and productive cows and farms leave the smallest carbon footprint while providing the best opportunity for economic success. Nowadays we have 16 million fewer dairy cows in the U.S. than there were in 1950, though milk production has increased by 60 percent. The carbon footprint of a glass of milk is two-thirds smaller today than it was 70 years ago.
- During a panel discussion on dairy consumption trends, retail markets and rising consumer interest for sustainable produce, John Talbot, CEO of the California Milk Advisory Board, pointed out that despite years of waning fluid milk consumption, people today are eating more dairy products. Consumers are also much more aware of the foods they buy, he added, favoring companies and brands they believe are more environmentally friendly.
- Alex Palczek, Director of Marketing for Nestlé stressed the importance that farmers need to tell their story as they “have a story people really believe in.” “If we don’t tell that story, somebody else will,” said David Ahlem, CEO of Hilmar Cheese Co.
- As executive director of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, Samir Sheikh said he’s constantly being reminded of all the regulatory burdens dairy farmers already face. Moving forward, he emphasized the importance of making available incentive programs to provide the resources farmers need to implement new, cutting-edge and expensive technologies that would help them tackle air-quality challenges.