Kerry launches €6m dairy sustainability program

By Jim Cornall

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More than 3,000 farms in southwest Ireland will participate in the initiative.
More than 3,000 farms in southwest Ireland will participate in the initiative.

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Kerry Group has launched a €6m ($6.8m) dairy sustainability program to support the acceleration of science-backed sustainability actions and best practices across farms in Ireland.

More than 3,000 farm families across the south west of Ireland will participate in the initiative, which will provide technical and financial support to the company’s milk suppliers to help them transition to more sustainable farming practices. Kerry said as a result of these changes it is expected that there will be a reduction in carbon and ammonia emissions, improvements in water quality and enhanced biodiversity.

Pat Murphy, CEO of Kerry’s dairy business, said, “Consumers globally want to consume food in a more sustainable way and it is important to examine how we can deliver dairy in a better way for people and the planet.

Our Beyond the Horizon sustainability strategy sets out ambitious targets and our dairy business is committed to supporting our milk suppliers in the adoption of sustainable actions. Our milk-suppliers are already amongst the most sustainable milk producers in the world and we will continue to work with them to build upon that advantage and accelerate the enhancement of bio-diversity and water-quality across our catchment and in reducing carbon and ammonia emissions.

“Our ambition is to reach over two billion people with sustainable nutrition solutions by 2030. A central element of this strategy is a commitment to work with our suppliers to reduce emissions intensity by 30% across our supply chain. This dairy sustainability program underpins our ambition to work with our milk suppliers in achieving these targets and in forging a sustainable future.”

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