Celebrating World Milk Day 1 June

This upcoming week is an exciting one – in addition to Queen Elizabeth’s 70th Platinum Jubilee here in the UK, it is World Milk Day on 1 June. This day was established in 2001 to recognise the important of milk as a global food by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and toe celebrate the dairy sector. Twenty-one years on, it is more important than ever that we recognise the ability of the global dairy industry to feed the more than 7.2 billion people globally with affordable and nutritious food.  

In 2022, the celebration starts with the Enjoy Dairy Rally on 29-31 May, and culminates with World Milk Day on Wednesday 1 June. This year’s theme will highlight the work already being done to accelerate climate action and help reduce the dairy sector’s impact on the planet. Using the World Milk Day platform, the plan is to help raise awareness of the messaging and action that the global dairy industry is taking towards Dairy Net Zero.  

Last year, over 417 campaigns in 68 countries took place on the day, and places as diverse as Malaysia and the New York State Department of Agriculture will be participating this year, with their showcases of the wonders of dairy worldwide.  

We as an industry (particularly in the developed countries) can sometimes get bogged down in all the negative noise that comes at us from various angles, which seems to view cows and humans as somehow not part of the ecosystem of this planet. On World Milk Day, let’s remind everyone why dairy is consumed in so many nations, and why animal livestock farming has been going on for thousands of years. Dairy provides nutrition at low cost. It is minimally processed, and it tastes good. It provides rural employment and helps to nourish children. It uses land that is not usable for anything else. People buy a cow to feed and use the funds to educate their families. These are all things to be so very proud of. I know I am.  

To learn more about the Enjoy Dairy Rally, watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoV-PdM6SUY&t=3s.

Related content

Leave a reply

Dairy Industries International