Sustainability

Dairy delivers nourishing and sustainable food with unparalleled health and nutrition benefits, as well as environmental stewardship and economic growth in communities across the United States. Individually, dairy companies are balancing the economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainability throughout their operations. The companies are working more efficiently, developing new technologies, reviewing sourcing options, reducing energy consumption, conserving water and recycling or repurposing production waste. 

For IDFA members, sustainability is a daily, purposeful commitment that touches all aspects of their operations and manifests in sound, responsible business practices. IDFA helps to translate the good work of our members into advocacy on sustainability-focused policies before federal and state regulators to ensure the future success and integrity of the dairy industry.

Our Position

Sustainability begins with caring for the dairy herds that produce our milk and extends throughout the supply chain to ensure responsible sourcing from suppliers who share these same principles, including accountable stewardship of our land, air and water resources, as well as prioritizing health and safety in production areas and the wellbeing of our workforce, and complementing our workforce with best-in-class technology that minimizes an end product’s environmental footprint while delivering safe, affordable, nutritious dairy foods to millions of consumers around the world.

IDFA helps companies identify gaps and find smart solutions that will lead the entire dairy supply chain toward higher levels of sustainability.

“For IDFA members, sustainability is a daily, purposeful commitment that touches all aspects of their operations and manifests in sound, responsible business practices.”

Michael Dykes, D.V.M., President and CEO of IDFA

For more information, contact Danielle Quist, IDFA senior director, regulatory affairs and counsel, at dquist@idfa.org.

Staff Contact

Danielle Quist

Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs and Counsel