CARNATION® Farm joins the US Dairy Net Zero Initiative as the first pilot farm
MODESTO, California., June 24, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Nestlé United States and the Innovation Center for US Dairy announced today that Trinkler Dairy Farm, a supplier to Carnation, is the first farm partner in the Dairy Scale for Good pilot project under the Net Zero Initiative, a unique industry effort in its own right. kind helping American dairy farms of all sizes and regions adopt new technologies and economically viable practices. As part of this industry effort, Trinkler Dairy Farm is the first U.S. dairy farm to pilot new technologies and implement sustainable farming practices to demonstrate the economic viability of achieving zero net emissions over the next five years.
This initiative is a key step in Nestlé’s strategy 10 million dollars investment and multi-year partnership with the US Dairy Net Zero Initiative. It aims to expand access to environmental practices and resources on farms, as well as to develop markets for new ecosystem products and services, helping farmers to diversify their incomes and enabling a self-sustaining model. It is also a critical part of the US dairy industry’s goals to achieve carbon neutrality, optimize water use, and improve water quality by 2050.
“Our consumers expect us to provide them with products made with high quality fresh dairy products, and they expect us to do so in a way that is sustainable and better for the planet,” said Steve presley, Chairman and CEO, Nestlé United States. “As the first farm to join Dairy Scale for Good, our supplier Carnation is leading the way towards carbon neutral dairy products in the United States. our scale to positively impact our business and our supply chain, while working to propel the industry forward and create a more sustainable future. ”
Nestlé’s investment in dairy is critical to its goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050, as the vast majority of Nestlé’s emissions come from its supply chain. Dairy products make up about 16 percent of Nestlé’s overall carbon footprint in the United States, and about three percent come from fresh milk from 13 dairy farms in Modesto, California. According to Nestlé Net Zero roadmap, which is based on the science-based targets initiative, net zero emissions are achieved when greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the atmosphere are offset by eliminating GHG emissions over a period of time. specified.
With an initial $ 1.5 million Nestlé investment, Trinkler Dairy Farm will install technology and incorporate practices that significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, with the goal of achieving a 30 percent reduction by 2023. As part of Dairy Scale for Good, Trinkler Dairy Farm will work with the Innovation Center for US Dairy and Nestlé to develop on-farm emission reduction strategies and achieve net zero emissions over the next five years.
Dairy farms can integrate a variety of on-farm practices and technologies to dramatically reduce emissions, especially methane, a GHG emitted by the digestive system of cows and long-term manure stores. One of the most effective ways to do this is to upgrade infrastructure and better manage manure. By installing anaerobic digesters and advanced nutrient recovery technologies, farms can convert manure into usable by-products such as energy, solids for cow bedding and fresh water. More emissions are saved by adding ingredients to cows’ feed that reduce the amount of methane they produce and by using energy from renewable sources like solar, wind, or home-created biogas. closed. Farms can capture carbon from the atmosphere while producing cow feed using regenerative practices that protect and restore one of their greatest assets – their soil. These practices could include low-tillage and precision agriculture, the addition of cover crops and the use of renewable fertilizers. These technologies require significant investment, and this pilot aims to demonstrate economic viability for farmers.
“Our family has been dairy farming for three generations and has been providing fresh milk to Carnation since 2014,” said Jon Rebiero, manager of Trinkler Dairy Farm. “We are on the path to achieving net zero emissions, building on the practices we use today to protect our land, the welfare of our cows and our family business for future generations. We are excited to be at the start of a movement that will transform the future of the dairy industry.
The impact will be assessed using scientific measurement tools and the data will be analyzed by scientists at the Innovation Center for US Dairy from 2022. Nestlé will adapt the solutions implemented at Trinkler Dairy Farm to other dairy farms in the years to come. in partnership with the Innovation Center for US Dairy to help farms of all sizes and in all geographies reduce their emissions. Currently, US dairy products represent less than 2 percent of total US GHG emissions.
“The production of a gallon of milk generates 19% less greenhouse gas emissions than in 2007. This is equivalent to the amount of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere by half a million acres. of American forest every year, ”said Mike haddad, President, Innovation Center for US Dairy. “This partnership with Nestlé and Trinkler Dairy Farm is a powerful example of the innovative collaborations needed to advance the knowledge and new innovations that will make the transition to net zero emissions a reality.”
“Dairy industry research and WWF analysis show that large U.S. dairy farms could reduce their net emissions to zero in five years, and by investing in sustainable technologies, farms could see an annual return of $ 1.9 million, accelerating progress and direct benefits for farming families, the dairy industry, the economy and our planet, ”said Jason Clay, Executive Director, Markets Institute, World Wildlife Fund. “The efforts to achieve net zero emissions are a critical step towards transforming the dairy industry.”
Trinkler Dairy Farm is the second Nestlé dairy farm in the world to aim for net zero emissions. In December 2020, the company announced that his dairy farm in Georges from South Africa committed to becoming net zero carbon by 2023 as part of the Skimmelkrans Net Zero Carbon Emissions project.
About Nestlé United States
Nestle United States is committed to unleashing the power of food to improve the quality of life for everyone, today and for generations to come. The company’s food and beverage portfolio includes some of the most United States including Coffee mate®, DiGiorno® and Nestlé® Toll House® as well as category disruptors such as Sweet Earth®, and can be found in almost every home nationwide. Nestle United States also has the largest coffee portfolio in the United States with Nescafé®, Nestlé Starbucks Coffee and Chameleon Cold-Brew®. With the 2020 sales of 10 billion dollars, Nestlé United States is part of Nestlé SA in Vevey, Switzerland – the world’s largest food and beverage company, which has been named one of the “World’s Most Admired Food Companies” by Fortune magazine for twenty-four consecutive years. For product news and information, visit Nestleusa.com or medium.com/nestle-usa.
About the American Dairy Innovation Center and the US Dairy Net Zero Initiative
The Innovation Center for US Dairy® is a leadership forum that brings together the dairy community and third parties to meet the changing needs and expectations of consumers and customers. Launched in 2008 by dairy farmers through the milk levy, leaders and members of the Innovation Center collaborate in important areas such as the environment, nutrition and health, animal care, food safety and community contributions. Through the Innovation Center, the American dairy community demonstrates its commitment to continuous improvement from farm to fork, striving to ensure a socially responsible and economically viable dairy community. For more information visit https://www.usdairy.com/about-us/innovation-center
The US Dairy Net Zero Initiative (NZI) is an industry-wide effort to accelerate voluntary on-farm actions to reduce environmental impacts by making sustainable practices and technologies more accessible and affordable for all farms. American dairy products. NZI was created to unite the strengths and expertise of the dairy trade, professional and industrial organizations and their constituents towards a common goal. It is led by six national dairy organizations: the Innovation Center for US Dairy, Dairy Management Inc., Newtrient, Inc., National Milk Producers Federation, International Dairy Foods Association, and the US Dairy Export Council.
SOURCE Nestlé United States