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Sustainable Dairy. Music to Our Ears.

Dairy provides nearly

20% of the protein in American diets

and more than

50% of our calcium and vitamin D

for just

2% of the U.S. carbon footprint


Big Nutrient Bang

Milk provides more than 10% of your daily value of thirteen essential nutrients, including 8 grams of high-quality protein, at about 25 cents per glass. That’s a game changer – especially for children experiencing food insecurity.

More about dairy nutrition.

Shrinking Carbon Footprint

The dairy industry has reduced its carbon footprint by 19% since 2007. Dairy farmers are personally invested in protecting their land and animals, because 95% of American dairy farms are owned by families, and most live right there on the farm.

A gallon of milk is now produced with 30% less water and 21% less land than it was in 2007.1

About 80% of a cow’s diet is not consumable by humans – things like cottonseed hulls, which they turn into nutritious dairy foods.1 

Many dairy farmers also:

  • Protect the air with special odor-reducing cow diets and air filtration systems 
  • Reuse cow manure as crop fertilizer
  • Convert manure into electricity using methane digesters
  • Follow strict environmental standards set by multiple government agencies

More about dairy environmentalists.

Industry Feeding Community

Local dairy farmers directly combat hunger by supporting programs like these:

  • Breakfast in the Classroom helps qualifying schools offer all students a free or discounted breakfast by providing equipment and support that fight hunger, stigma-free.

Choose real dairy – for your health and the planet’s.

Meet the farmers who make it all possible in our Dairy Up Close docuseries.

Find recipes.


  1. Capper JL, Cady RA. The effects of improved performance in the U.S. dairy cattle industry on environmental impacts between 2007 and 2017. J. AnimSci. 2019