Farm to Table

We know people need nutritious foods to support their health and well-being, but we also know we need to produce food in a responsible way to address the needs of our communities and the planet. Through ongoing research and education efforts, NDC and the dairy community are committed to continuous improvement to foster sustainable practices.
Dairy foods like milk, cheese and yogurt bring nutrition, health benefits and great taste into the homes of millions. People have an interest in who makes their food and where it comes from. Therefore, NDC strives to connect people to the dairy farm families and animal agriculture practices that go into making the wholesome milk and dairy foods available in local stores and restaurants.

Sustainable Nutrition

Sustainable food systems are about more than just a carbon footprint. They’re about making positive contributions to alleviate hunger, improving public health, promoting community vitality, conserving natural resources for the health of the planet and more. All facets must work together to truly embody a sustainable society from farm to table.

In 2008, dairy farmers and the dairy community established a voluntary goal: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by the year 2020. To reach that goal, farmers work with environmental organizations, scientists and others to develop tools, best practices and a framework to measure, manage and continuously improve their environmental impact.

Download the 2016 Sustainability Report
Learn more about sustainable nutrition

Food: It’s Too Good To Waste

People are asking questions about their food, where it comes from and how it impacts the environment. National Dairy Council (NDC), the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy and the broader dairy community are committed to helping ensure dairy foods contribute to sustainable food systems. This includes educating people on their role in honoring the harvest by reducing food waste at the individual and household level.

Food loss and waste is defined as any food that is not eaten by people. The USDA estimates that 30 percent of our food supply is wasted. When we throw away food, that means all the natural resources that went into it are wasted and then the food itself often goes to landfills where it will emit greenhouse gases (GHGs) – causing a double-burden on the Earth.

We are all in this together, so we partnered with 12 other organizations to support Further With Food: Center for Food Loss and Waste Solutions, an online hub for sharing information and solutions to help cut food waste in half by 2030.

Further With Food Website
6-Part Blog Post Series on Discovering Your Role in Recovering Food Waste
EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy
Honor the Harvest Infographic
Honor the Harvest: Nourish People Infographic

Whether they are grocery shopping, dining out or preparing a family meal, people want to understand the nutritional value of the foods they eat. And through culinary tips, recipes and meal makeovers, NDC can help them recognize that their food comes from a good place and is good for them and their families.

In addition to being a nutrient powerhouse, dairy foods can provide people undeniable joy. Family meals and many classic dishes are more delightful when dairy is a part of them.


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