Dairy Farmers of Canada has committed its members to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
So far they have reduced emissions by 22 per cent since in 20 years up to 2019.
It will require “a basket” of management changes, including crop production and carbon offsets, the agency said.
“For generations now, Canadian dairy farmers have been stewards of the land, adapting their practices based on science and innovation,” said Pierre Lampron, president, of Dairy Farmers of Canada.
“Our leadership in the area of sustainability is already recognized internationally, as we have one of the lowest carbon footprints per litre of milk produced.”
Last fall, DFC joined 11 of the world’s largest dairy organizations in supporting Pathways to Dairy Net Zero, a Global Dairy Platform-sponsored commitment towards net-zero GHG emissions.
“The Federal government set the objective, but can only achieve it with the support of industry partners,” said Lampron.
“Achieving this objective will require dairy farmers to adapt, but will also require that effective government supports are in place.”