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News and Information Related to Sustainability in Dairy

A collection of articles relevant to dairies and their environmental impact.

Mootral looks to open new market in carbon offset linked to methane emissions reduction

April 15, 2021 | Jane Byrne

Mootral, a Swiss-British Agritech firm, is launching the world’s first carbon credits generated from methane emission reductions in cattle, linked to its feed supplement made from garlic extracts – Mootral Ruminant – that it says is proven to lower methane released by cows by up to 38%.

RNG: Zero Scope 1 Emissions and Negative Carbon Intensity

March 2, 2021 | Shashi Menon, EcoEngineers

If we want to get serious about climate change, it is critical we address our over-reliance on fossil fuels, which are a primary driver of greenhouse gas emissions. Whether it’s diesel, gasoline, kerosene, propane, or coal, burning these sources of fuel emits carbon into the atmosphere, disrupts the naturally-occurring carbon cycle in our ecosystem, and fundamentally threatens our way of life.

However, recycling the carbon already in the atmosphere prevents the extraction and combustion of fossilized carbon sources. 

Save the Earth and Make Some Money?

January 28, 2021 | Katelyn Allen

There has been much talk about the Biden administration’s goal for rural America to play a leading role in combatting climate change, but farmers are still understandably curious and cautious about what those opportunities might mean. Specifically, how the dairy industry’s good environmental work could provide additional revenue for producers might take a number of paths.

An Environmental and Economic Path Toward Net Zero Dairy Farm Emissions

January 27, 2021 | Katherine Devine, Director of Business Case Development, The Markets Institute

In this business case, analysis conducted by The Markets Institute @ WWF—based on assumptions and data shared by stakeholders in the dairy industry—demonstrates that achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions for large farms is possible with the right practices, incentives, and policies within five years. If businesses also step up to make investments and collaborate with dairy farmers in their supply chain, the potential to reach these goals can become even more tangible.

Maybe Messy at First, Manure Digesters Can Pay Off

January 26, 2021 | Dairy Business Association

Dairy farmers are always searching for ways to diversify and add value to their businesses. Many are quickly seeing benefits of using manure as an alternative revenue source.

Starbucks, Unilever, Dairy Farmers of America on Their Food-Waste-to-Energy Alliance

January 21, 2021 | JOHN HANSELMAN

The three founding members of the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance discuss how the pioneering partnership is propelling their individual sustainability strategies.

Cabot Creamery Seeks CPG For Biogas Plant

January 12, 2021 | Andrew McGregor

Cabot Creamery is seeking approval to build a biogas generator at its facility in Cabot that will generate renewable energy from a byproduct of its manufacturing process.

7 Things to Know About Renewable Natural Gas

January 7, 2021 | Tom Cyrs & John Feldmann

The production and use of renewable natural gas made from organic waste is growing rapidly in the United States. In the last five years, the number of production facilities has grown about threefold, with about 115 facilities making the fuel — which is interchangeable with fossil natural gas — out of landfill waste, animal manure, wastewater, food waste and other organic feedstocks.

Vanguard Renewables and Partners Tap into Dairy Biogas for RNG

January 5, 2021 | Arlene Karidis

As the renewable natural gas (RNG) market evolves, there’s been an uptick in two project types: one is RNG produced from dairy farm manure; another is RNG from manure that’s co-digested with food waste. 

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