A critical and urgent challenge
The dairy sector supports one billion people’s livelihoods while also providing nutritious dairy products to billions across the globe. It will play a critical role in helping to achieve Nutreco’s purpose of Feeding the Future: ensuring the 10 billion people on the planet in 2050 have enough high-quality nutrients to thrive. But at the same time, dairy is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, representing 2.5% of global emissions – so lowering its impact is an urgent priority.
Degan explained the focus on animal nutrition is an important part of the solution, noting that, “roughly 40% of greenhouse gas emissions on dairy farms are related to feeding cattle, and about another 40% of emissions come from enteric methane. The Animal Nutrition Workstream will work on reducing these impact areas.”
Donald Moore, GDP Executive Director, said, “We know all the good that dairy can do in the world. Now we need to be sure that, as we move forward, we’re making the dairy sector as environmentally, socially, economically and nutritionally sustainable as we can. This is a key component of the P2DNZ program and this newest workstream. We’re excited to collaborate with the team at Trouw Nutrition to tap into their expertise on how innovative animal nutrition solutions can help us lower emissions.”