Canadian dairy farmers are naturally committed to caring for the environment, from the land and animals they tend to, to the water and air we all share. In Canada, dairy farms are typically passed down from generation to generation. Farmers are motivated to run their farms in the most efficient and sustainable way possible – to succeed as a business, and because it’s the right thing to do. 

Dairy Net-Zero by 2050

Dairy Farmers of Canada has committed the dairy farm sector to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the year 2050. 

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What does ‘net zero’ really mean? Net-zero emissions for dairy farms means reaching a balance between greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from farms and greenhouse gases removed from the atmosphere. To get there, farmers make efforts to reduce emissions as much as possible, and act to sequester carbon in their landscape to offset the remainder. Learn more

What are dairy farmers doing to work towards net zero?

Farmers innovate in various ways. The way toward net zero for the dairy sector is through more farmers adopting initiatives proven by trailblazers over the years, with their soils, animals, technology and more!

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IMPROVING SOIL AND ITS ABILITY TO RETAIN WATER

Farmers can adopt and refine how they enhance soil health and conserve rainwater in multiple ways. Actions ranging from planting cover crops in the fields, to keeping wild areas in their landscape, all help to regenerate the land and environment. 

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SUPPORTING BIODIVERSITY

What farmers do to improve soil health also supports the local biodiversity!

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RECYCLING PLASTICS

Working with dedicated partners helps farmers recycle agricultural plastics into the circular economy.

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RENEWABLE ENERGY

Several farmers are seizing the opportunity to produce and use renewable energy. Biodigesters, wind turbines and solar panels are some of the innovative green energy generators that can be found on Canadian dairy farms.

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NEW TECHNOLOGY

Digital farming? GPS-enabled smart tractors, computerized or robotic equipment, and data modelling make farming high-tech and more precise. That’s sustainable.

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MANAGING MANURE

Dairy farmers have an abundance of natural fertilizer – manure! There are various ways to treat, store or apply it to the land. Some methods, like composting, can reduce a farm’s carbon footprint. 

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INCREASING EFFICIENCY

Today's cows are healthier and more productive than ever. Fewer cows are needed to produce the demand in milk, and consequently, each litre has a smaller environmental footprint.

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IMPROVING COW NUTRITION

The modern dairy cow's diet is not only fine-tuned for nutrition, but improving cows’ digestion can also help inhibit methane emitted as part of the cow's natural rumination process.

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OUR PARTNERS IN SUSTAINABILITY

Ducks Unlimited Canada   Canadian Biogas Association   CleanFarms   Tree Canada

We work with partners in sustainability to help all Canadians - dairy farmers and non-farmers alike - make impactful, sustainable changes.  

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SUSTAINABILITY STORIES

Watch these inspiring examples of the innovative pilot projects dairy farmers have undertaken to further sustainability on their farms.

EVERYDAY SUSTAINABILITY

Collective actions are important, but individual actions every day can also help our community and society be more sustainable. It's about taking one step at a time. What will you do today?

Look for the Blue Cow logo when buying dairy products. This symbol means these local dairy products are made with 100% Canadian milk that meets some of the highest standards of quality, animal care and sustainability in the world. Learn more

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BRINGING SUSTAINABILITY TO THE TABLE

Check out these zero-waste recipes developed by prominent chefs, and featuring delicious Canadian dairy. Sustainability has never tasted so good.

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4 TIPS FOR A HEALTHIER YOU AND A HEALTHIER PLANET

There are some simple, concrete steps you can take to help reduce your own carbon footprint.

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FARM TO HOME: A SUSTAINABLE, NET-ZERO FUTURE

Did you know that doing your part to protect the environment in your everyday life looks a lot like how Canadian dairy farmers work to protect the environment?

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WHAT YOU EAT: GOOD FOR YOU, GOOD FOR THE PLANET

Get tips, recipes and information to help you optimize your diet and find the ingredients for a healthier tomorrow, designed by dietitians.

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PLANT A TREE

Help support Tree Canada in their efforts to plant and nurture trees in rural and urban environments.

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