How Can Dairy Reduce Its Environmental Impact?

In the climate world, dairy has come under scrutiny due to carbon dioxide and methane emissions from belching, manure, and land use.


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Dairy is the fifth largest provider of energy and third largest protein source that humans consume. It is also a key source of macronutrients such as calcium and magnesium and micronutrients such as selenium and riboflavin. But for many in the climate world, dairy has come under scrutiny due to carbon dioxide and methane emissions from belching, manure, and land use. Today, we explore what environmental issues milk creates, how that fits into broader economic and health discussions, and how dairy can become more sustainable. With special guest Dr. Ermias Kebreab: Sesnon Endowed Chair in Sustainable Animal Agriculture at University of California, Davis. This episode is part of Covering Climate Now’s “Food & Water” joint coverage week.

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Writers: Hallie Cordingley, Maddy Schmidt, Ethan Brown

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