I spent a decent portion of the last working week on my computer, watching dairy leaders from around the world discuss the effects of the pandemic on the industry, and what the industry did in response. Overall, it was quite a feat on the part of the organisers in Denmark and of the international dairy industry in general, to produce a conference with both in-person and remote sessions. But this is not the first time that dairy has stepped up to the plate and managed to deliver.
We took some time off the week before last and went to Wookey Hole and Cheddar Gorge in Wells, Somerset. My son kept asking if there was ore that could be mined that was made of cheese, but we did come back with quite a load from the Mendip Hills, which are crisscrossed with caves suitable for putting cheese in for ageing, it seems.
I have been a long-standing home delivery milk customer for years. So, the news that milk deliveries are up in the UK, with Müller reporting that its Milk & More delivery service has added 175,000 new customers in the last year and 90 per cent of them using the glass bottles, is perhaps a sign that I am ahead of the curve. Or maybe not. There’s been a pandemic on, and home deliveries are a thing now.
One of the things we take for granted in the world is food safety. Estimates are that one in ten people are getting sick from an ailment caused by their food, but this safety is currently neither measured nor managed.
The United Nations Food Systems pre-Summit is going on this week (26-28 July) in Rome and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is hosting several events, including Bold Actions for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Food Systems with IFAD Goodwill Ambassador Sabrina Elba.
Trying to stay safe in a country where the infection rate is rising, while the whole country is opening up, remains tricky. However, it does not preclude going to a cheese tasting in a safe environment. The thrill of seeing people in person was real.