Arla, a European dairy giant, has revealed its ambitious plans to become a carbon net-zero company by 2050. Furthermore, they are also aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent per kilogram of milk produced over the next decade.
Jan Toft Norgaard, Arla chairman and dairy farmer, said, “We want to leverage our position as the leading international farming co-operative with 10,300 farmers and perhaps the most comprehensive understanding of dairy farming.”
“We don’t have all the answers yet, but we call on our farmers, not least the younger generation of farmers, and we call on the industry, academic institutions and governments for collaboration and ideas that will support the transition to more sustainable farming and food production.”
While making a dairy farm entirely greenhouse gas and carbon-free may be impossible, there are plenty of preventative measures that can be put in place in order for there to be less wasteful. Arla’s chief executive officer, Peder Tuborgh, said, “We believe that a growing number of consumers are willing to reward the most sustainable dairy farmers by paying a little more for their milk in the same way as we have seen with organic dairy.”