Building on the framework
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The Dairy Sustainability Framework is moving into a new era, with devising strategies for using best practice in dairy systems across the globe, in conjunction with other organisations affiliated with the sector. Recently, it has signed up nine countries throughout the globe, in areas where the methane emissions are highest, in order to help them adopt best practice for reducing emissions. (https://dairysustainabilityframework.org)
I do think it is interesting, as it seems dairy has been doing the right thing for the last decade or so. The DSF has been around since 2013, and the Global Dairy Platform, its host, for longer. One looks at other sectors, such as meat and packaging, and realises their efforts, while very commendable, are a lot newer than dairy’s. The Dairy UK Dairy Roadmap has been in place since 2008 in the UK, and there are a lot of other efforts around the world that we continue to see making progress on dairy’s emissions footprint.
So, we continue to discuss what’s happening, as we know those countries where the emission are highest are usually in the places where the production is lowest per cow. Help is at hand, and the multi-national, multi-purpose group that has assembled to assist producers in those regions with making the best choices for their local systems, is impressive indeed. They range from the International Farming Community Network (IFCN) to the UN’s Food & Agriculture Organisation, and the International Dairy Federation, to name just a few of the many willing to assist and enable the average producer, who may have as few as one or two cows to tend.
Dairy farming is both a carbon sequesterer and a carbon emitter, but more than that, it is a source of food for many people on the planet. It is good work, to be done well.
- Suzanne Christiansen, editor, Dairy Industries International.
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