From solar panels, to wind turbines, to carbon sequestration, our pastures are home to it all.
We’re making greater strides for a smaller footprint.
“Food is one of society’s key sensitivities to climate.”* The very nature of our business is threatened by a changing climate. By lessening the impact of our processes on our earth, the greater impact we will make on our lives.
Food and agriculture sectors contribute substantially to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
- Over the past 50 years, GHG emissions resulting from ‘Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use’ (AFOLU) have nearly doubled, and projections suggest a further increase by 2050
- The sector produces an estimated 21 percent of total global GHG emissions
- Climate change will affect food production, food security and nutrition
- The increasing variability of precipitation and frequency of droughts and floods are likely to reduce crop yields in general
* Quote from Nicola Ranger of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Our member farms lock up literally tons of carbon from the atmosphere—a critical benefit of our sustainable approach to generating energy, running our operations, and producing the food you eat.
It’s clear our climate is changing; we are clear about taking responsibility to accelerate positive change towards a healthier planet for all.
60% of our electricity comes from renewable sources
Organic Valley has invested in 2,700kW of renewable energy in the form of wind, solar electric and solar hot water at our headquarters, processing and distribution facilities in southwest Wisconsin.
Our regional distribution model keeps food fresh and miles low
By keeping the distance our milk travels as short as possible, we’re able to keep your glass of milk and the air you breathe fresher. In 2016 we also powered 20% of our fleet with biofuel, avoiding 384.7 Mton of CO2e in 2016.
Sustainability built right into our Cashton office building
Our newest office building is LEED Gold Certified, uses 55% less energy than a typical office building, enough geothermal energy to power 60 average households, and 95 kw of solar power from 330 PV modules.
Carbon sequestration through green pastures and healthy soil
Grazing animals encourage pastures to grow, which then captures carbon from the air and stores it in the soil. So not only does grass-fed dairy taste amazing, but it’s also doing its part to keep carbon out of the atmosphere.