While the Australian dairy industry has navigated difficult market and environmental conditions in recent years, farmers are setting their sights on a sustainable future.
Now linked to both the Paris Agreement and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the latest Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Report has been released and is available online, featuring revised targets to a 2030 timeline.
The Sustainability Framework’s goals and targets have been reviewed to reflect changing expectations of customers, emerging issues, technological advances, and changes in the regulatory environment. New goals related to anti-microbial stewardship, food waste and human rights have been added.
Through the Sustainability Report, the industry publicly reports against its goals, and farmers and processors have been making real progress toward sustainable production.
The latest report shows 81 per cent of farmers are safeguarding some of their lands for conservation and biodiversity (up from 45 per cent in 2015). More than one-third of farmers have created a formal biodiversity plan for their farms.
Access the latest Sustainability Report at: www.sustainabledairyoz.com.au