15th December 2020 By Staff Reporter | firstname.lastname@example.org | @foodtickernz
Global food giant Nestlé is partnering with dairy co-op Fonterra and DairyNZ to explore ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Nestlé and Fonterra are helping to fund a DairyNZ trial aimed at improving waterways by introducing Ecotain plantain into a cow’s diet.
The size of the proposed investment was not disclosed.
DairyNZ has been leading the Tararua Plantain Project in the lower North Island, where 50 farms were growing the herb for cows. The goal was to reduce the nitrogen concentration in a cow’s urine, which could leach into waterways.
“Working with our suppliers and others is critical for achieving Nestlé’s target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050,” Nestlé’s agricultural raw materials sourcing specialist, Robert Erhard, said.
“Reducing on-farm greenhouse gas emissions and protecting waterways will help us get there and we’re pleased to partner with Fonterra and DairyNZ on this initiative.”
Fonterra’s director of on-farm excellence, Charlotte Rutherford, said the partnership would help speed up the adoption of Ecotain plantain, developed by Agricom, by farmers.
“We can achieve more by partnering with others, so it’s great to join forces with DairyNZ and Nestlé,” she said.
“Ultimately it could be a real game-changer to reduce nitrogen from cows and help mitigate nitrous oxide emissions.”
The Ministry for Primary Industries is also involved as a key contributor.
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