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Dairy Farmers of Canada: Canadian dairy sector reduces carbon footprint

Published on 31 January 2019
Improved environmental impact

A 2018 study reveals the Canadian dairy sector had one of the lowest global carbon footprints.

The firm responsible for the study, Groupe AGECO, examined the environmental performance of Canadian milk production in 2016 and compared it to the 2011 data.



By taking into account common environmental concerns like the carbon footprint, water consumption and land use, the firm concluded crop rotation, improvements in feed, reduced tillage and precision agriculture techniques were some of the environmentally friendly practices applied by dairy farmers, which improved their environmental footprint.

Additionally, improved efficiency contributed to an increase in the quantity of milk produced per cow by 13 percent from 2011 to 2016.

It should also be noted, in 2016, Canadian milk production was responsible for generating only 1.3 percent of Canada’s total GHG emissions.

For a thorough review of the study, visit Dairy Farmers of Canada's website to read the complete details.  end mark

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