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Sustainability - How the Danish food cluster produces more with less

Denmark is the place to look to if you want to experience sustainable and environmentally friendly food production. When doing business with the Danish food cluster, you’ll find a wealth of experience and know-how within resource efficiency and discover how to produce more with less – while actually saving money. Throughout the Danish food production chain, you can find innovative, new solutions for a world that soon has to feed 9 billion people.

Sustainability is a core competence in Danish food production

Denmark is globally recognised for its sustainable food production. Both customers and producers are dedicated to leaving a better world for future generations. The Danish food cluster is home to one of the most sustainable and least polluting productions in the world.
Ever since Danish consumers started the first wave of environmentally friendly consumption in the 1960s, Danish food production has led the world in making products with minimal pollution, high resource efficiency and a small carbon footprint. This is something we constantly strive to do better, and since 1990 the Danish agricultural sector has succeeded in both producing more and polluting less.

The Danish food cluster is home to one of the most sustainable and least polluting productions in the world

This degree of dedication in the Danish food cluster has made Denmark frontrunners in the EU in various studies on sustainable production. Denmark has the lowest ammonia emission in the EU; Danish milk, meat and egg producers have a higher resource efficiency compared to other EU countries and the Danish retail market has the largest number of organic products on the shelves in the world.
In Denmark, the greatest challenge to secure a sustainable production is the soy feed imported from other countries. This aspect of the production is recognized by the Danish food cluster and several are working on new solutions.

Sustainable food production is a part of the Danish history

The Danish dedication to sustainable products goes back a long way. Denmark was the first country in the world to create a Ministry of Environment back in 1971 and has a long history of public institutions working with companies and corporations to shape and develop the Danish way of production. Time and time again, Denmark has set ambitious goals to reduce CO2 emissions in every part of the value chain. Farmers make sure they harvest their products in the most sustainable way, the transportation of goods is via HGVs (Heavy Goods Vehicle) that are required by law to drive with particle filters – and even supermarkets have developed new, innovative ways of cutting down on energy usage when cooling dairy products.

Denmark has set ambitious goals to reduce CO2 emissions in every part of the value chain

Like all EU members, the Danish agricultural sector adheres to a comprehensive environmental legislation, but on numerous parameters, the Danish sector faces stricter legislature regarding CO2 emission. On several other proxy indicators, such as animal welfare, use of antibiotics and leaching of fertilizer, the Danish food cluster actually lives up to even higher standards than those set by the EU. This leads to high quality Danish foods that contain less residual products from their production.

When you add all this up, it means that when you do business with the Danish food cluster, you are contributing to tomorrow’s solutions, whilst pushing forward the agenda of sustainable food production.