The Truth About Dairy

Despite what you may have been told, no cow has ever jumped over the moon. Neither is the moon made of cheese. But these aren't the only outlandish rumours surrounding the dairy industry. How can you be sure what to believe?

We've created this website to clear up the myths, investigate the insinuations and lay the rumours to rest. We want to share the latest information about dairy farming and milk production so you can judge for yourself. No spin, no bull... just the cool, refreshing truth.

Do Cows Cause Global Warming?

When a cow's gotta blow, a cow's gotta blow, but the suggestion that cows are to blame for global warming? That's just hot air.

Methane from cows makes up a minuscule part of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and it doesn't linger in the atmosphere like carbon dioxide does. In fact, the UK dairy industry has been ahead of the game in tackling the causes of global warming. Since 1990, it has cut its GHG emissions by 24%!

Dairy production is responsible for just 2.8% of the UK's GHG emissions

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Is Dairy a Drain on Natural Resources?

On the contrary. Compared to plant-based alternatives, dairy products require much less water, are good for soil preservation and use fewer food miles. Dairy is also a boost for biodiversity.

Our cows graze in fertile pastures of fresh, juicy grass. They produce delicious, nutritious milk and lay spectacular cowpats. The pats nourish the soil, which sustains worms, insects and other organisms that are vital to the ecosystem and produce more fresh grass. It's a self-sustaining economy. All that grass captures CO2 from the atmosphere too, turning it into oxygen. You don't get all that from an almond!

Cow's milk production takes about a tenth of the amount of water from the soil as plant-based alternatives

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Does Dairy Packaging Suffocate Whales?

Not all plastics end up in the ocean. We use plastic packaging because it requires less energy to manufacture and it preserves foods better, so it helps to reduce food waste.

But the UK dairy industry has been working on the recyclability of its packaging for years and is committed to making it all reusable, recyclable and compostable by 2025. Plastic milk bottles, for example, are already 100% recyclable. Dairy UK and many of our members are signed up to the UK Plastics Pact, which is working to eliminate single use plastics and encourage recycling.

80% of the UK's plastic milk containers are recycled, one of the highest recycling rates of any packaging product.

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Case Study

From Farm To Fridge

Trace the journey in facts and figures, as all those tasty and nutritious dairy products make the short journey from a pasture near you.

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From Farm to Fridge