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Sustainability aspects of milk production in Sweden

Krizsan, Sophie Julie and Chagas, Juana and Pang, Degong and Cabezas-Garcia, Edward H. (2021). Sustainability aspects of milk production in Sweden. Grass and Forage Science. 76 , 205-214
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Resource use efficiency and economic initiatives point towards using less human-edible input in ruminant food production. This could also promote the nutrient-rich dairy products to consumers in comparison with alternative plant-based drinks. The global population is growing and food production will need to increase to feed more people in the future. The Swedish government has launched a national food strategy, which aims to move Swedish food production towards self-sufficiency and sustainability, and greater exports. Simultaneously, strong economic development has stimulated consumers to request more high-value foods, such as meat and refined dairy products. At the same time, public opinion states that today's food production from ruminants is negative for the environment and contributes to climate change. This review assesses some aspects of dietary ingredient composition and feeding choices that can contribute to making Swedish dairy production more sustainable. Efficient dietary methane mitigating strategies can decrease emissions of greenhouse gases in line with European Union targets and avoid major changes in dietary consumption patterns of meat and milk from ruminants. Although feeding management seems to be the most important approach to decrease nitrogen losses, rational use of fertilizers and improved manure management practices on dairy farms should also be considered to decrease the impact of nitrogen losses to the environment.

Authors/Creators:Krizsan, Sophie Julie and Chagas, Juana and Pang, Degong and Cabezas-Garcia, Edward H.
Title:Sustainability aspects of milk production in Sweden
Series Name/Journal:Grass and Forage Science
Year of publishing :2021
Page range:205-214
Number of Pages:10
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 402 Animal and Dairy Science > Animal and Dairy Science.
Keywords:agro-industrial by-products, dairy production, food production, grass, greenhouse gases, resource efficiency
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Web of Science (WoS)000655688600005
ID Code:24794
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden
(VH) > Dept. of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden
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Deposited On:05 Jul 2021 07:25
Metadata Last Modified:05 Jul 2021 07:31

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