Chile's dairy farmers opt for greener milk

With its lush green meadows, dark forests and snow-capped volcanoes, the Los Lagos region in Chile is idyllic. It's also home to a whole lot of cows. Half the milk in the country is produced here, most of it in small family-owned business with herds of up to 300 cattle. The farmers often use natural production methods in tune with the environment but more and more agricultural businesses are hitting their limits financially. Too much money is needed to water agricultural land and power operations. If they worked more efficiently, they could save up to 30 or 40 percent of the energy they use. Through training and technology transfer, the Smart Energy Concepts initiative demonstrates how that can be achieved. The project is supported by the International Climate Initiative (IKI).

A film by Linda Vierecke




5:40 Minutes


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