Dairy farmers to go net zero by 2050

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) has unveiled a goal to reach net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from farm-level dairy production by the year 2050, with a milestone in 2030.

This is continuation of the ongoing efforts by the dairy industry related to environmental stewardship and much work of the work necessary to meet the target has already begun, says the organization.

Pierre Lampon, president of the DFC says for generations they have been stewards of the land.

“[Canadian dairy farmers] have been adapting their practices based on science and innovation,” says Lampron. “Our leadership in the area of sustainability is already recognized internationally, as we have one of the lowest carbon footprints per litre of milk produced.”

According to the DFC, this goal not only aligns with the Government of Canada’s goal of net-zero GHG emissions by 2050, but international commitments, as well. The Paris Agreement, for instance, aims to foster climate change resilience and lower greenhouse gas development, as well as to make climate flows consistent with a pathway toward a lower carbon future. Last fall, DFC joined 11 of the world’s largest dairy organizations in supporting Pathways to Dairy Net Zero, a Global Dairy Platform-sponsored commitment towards net-zero GHG emissions.

Lampron also adds the federal government set the objective, but can only achieve it with the support of industry partners.

“Achieving this objective will require dairy farmers to adapt, but will also require that effective government supports are in place,” he says.

“We have committed to an objective, we have key strategies, and now we will further engage with our dairy farmers in the development of the basket of initiatives from which producers can choose to move the dial on sustainability, while respecting the uniqueness of each farm.”

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