The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) has produced a leaflet highlighting key emission statistics, in a bid to push back at claims the dairy industry is a major source of greenhouse gases (GHG).
The Leaflet titled ‘Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The Truth Behind the Dairy Sector’s Carbon Footprint’ aims to set the record straight on GHG by providing facts and figures on emissions in dairy farming and production both in the UK and on a global scale.
The leaflet is aimed at the general public and media, as well as the dairy industry, providing accurate information of the impact the dairy sector has on the environment. It explains what makes up GHG emissions in the dairy sector; comparisons with other sectors and activities; as well as information on how emissions are being reduced in the sector.
Matthew Knight, RABDF Chief Executive, believes much of the information currently being reported in the media overstates the impact of dairy cattle on the environment. He said: “Livestock farming, particularly cattle production, has been facing increasing amounts of pressure for the perceived impact that cows have on the environment.
“The reality is dairy production accounts for only 3% of total GHG emissions. While there is always room for improvement when it comes to farming’s environmental footprint, so much of the criticism levelled at dairy farmers and the sector has been incredibly unfair.”
The leaflet can be downloaded at rabdf.co.uk/emissions