Type: Chapter

Towards sustainability of dairy farming: an overview


Norman R. Scott

Cornell University

Curt Gooch

Cornell University

Publication date:

06 June 2017

ID: 9781838791483

E-Chapter format

Request Permissions


There are many challenges to be faced in making dairy farming sustainable for feeding 9–10 billion people by 2050. This chapter defines what sustainability may mean for the dairy industry and assesses the current sustainability of dairy farming today, before going on to consider visions for a sustainable short-term future. These include emerging technologies such as integrating an ethanol producing plant with a dairy and making use of fuel cells. The chapter speculates on the longer term future of the industry up to 2050 and beyond.

Table of contents

1 Introduction
2 Defining sustainable dairy production
3 Current status of global dairy sustainability
4 The challenge of dairy sustainability
5 Future sustainable dairy farming
6 Future dairy farming beyond 2050
7 Conclusion
8 Where to look for further information
9 References