A new analysis released confirms New Zealand dairy farms have the lowest carbon footprint in the world.
The report from AgResearch, commissioned by DairyNZ compares New Zealand with 17 other countries. It confirms our footprint is 70% lower than the global average and 46% lower than the average of other countries in the study, which includes all major milk producers.
Infographic credit: DairyNZ
“This is the result of our unique pasture-based farming here in New Zealand and the hard graft of our farmers, which as an employee of the Co-op makes me feel pretty proud,” says Director On-Farm Excellence, Charlotte Rutherford.
“We’ve seen consumers become increasingly interested in the carbon footprint of their products, and today’s report confirms we’re well placed to meet people’s desire for food that’s kinder to the planet.
“We know more needs to be done to keep improving and we’re up for the challenge.”
That’s why innovation is a key part of the Co-op’s strategy and why Fonterra has multiple partnerships to develop the tools and solutions needed to support farmers, particularly in areas where they face tough challenges, such as reducing methane emissions.