The assumption of milk
I was under the impression that milk was just milk before I started working as a sustainability researcher in the field of agriculture. I have learned in the past 5 years that this is not actually the case. Many dairy farmers have become more intentional in how they produce milk. They are using a more scientific approach to produce milk. Part of this includes assessing the impact of management practices on the environment. This is something that Trace & Save helps them to do.
The reality of milk
I will share some of the scientific approaches I am referring to in this blog. Firstly, farmers take soil samples which inform fertiliser use. By knowing what is in the soil, farmers can apply the correct nutrients, in the correct quantities to improve soil fertility. By ensuring that fertiliser is not overused, there is much less risk of excess nutrients being lost to the environment. These excess nutrients have a potential negative environmental impact such as contaminating our fresh water sources. Secondly, farmers also measure how effectively they have used water, thereby identifying where they might be able to save on water use in future. Another indicator of environmental impact is a carbon footprint. Farmers use this to determine how much greenhouse gases are emitted from their farms, so that they can identify where and how to reduce these emissions.
If you are someone who cares about the environment then milk is not just milk. The way it is produced drastically changes the extent of the environmental impacts associated with each glass you drink. I encourage you to find out where the product comes from and look for proof of whether it is less harmful to the environment than the one on the shelf next to it. The question then remains: Where do you get this proof from?
Support Trace & Save products
With it being this easy to trace the impact of a product on the environment, I therefore encourage you to support products that have the Trace & Save logo. This logo show, with integrity, that sustainable agricultural practices are being implemented.
Marno loves the outdoors and to explore new places on his 250cc motorbike, which by the way, is a more eco-friendly mode of transport that generates less carbon emissions than his bantam bakkie. He enjoys good food and company. He also likes to look at natural vegetation in the rough when attempting to play a round of golf.
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