Sustainable dairying requires working within the environmental constraints of the land to harness its productive value, creating sustainable livelihoods while meeting the social and environmental expectations of communities and customers to deliver high-quality products. The natural nutritional value of milk and the ability to produce high quality, safe products starts on the farm. This means caring for the environment and caring for the health and well-being of dairy cows.
The challenge to produce more food for a growing global population requires an increase in productivity from the land and using our natural resources more efficiently. Increased productivity must also be combined with a reduction in waste, and through finding new ways to reduce the environmental footprint of food production.
Fonterra’s role in helping achieve this is to work with our farmers, in New Zealand, and around the world, to support their livelihoods, drive innovation and encourage good farming practices so they are able to deal with future challenges.