As one of the most carbon efficient producers of dairy in the world, we have a good base to build from, but we know we need to do more. Our Co-op has a long and proud heritage of dairy innovation, and our Fonterra Research and Development Centre (FRDC) is exploring new ways to reduce our carbon footprint, identifying breakthrough technologies to promote solutions globally.  

We are leaving no stone unturned when it comes to solving the methane challenge and are working with partners and stakeholders on a wide range of potential solutions. We know there is unlikely to be a silver bullet to solving the methane problem. 

Seaweed

A new phase begins in Fonterra seaweed trial aiming to reduce on-farm emissions. In 2020, we entered a partnership with Sea Forest to see if using Asparagopsis seaweed as a supplement feed for dairy cows could reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This trial now enters its next phase including a new agreement allowing Fonterra farmers first access to this potential new seaweed solution.

Plantain

New plantain research a turning point for dairy. A new $22 million research initiative is underway to help dairy farmers improve freshwater quality – through using plantain pastures. 

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