IDF event about role of dairy in sustainable diets

The International Dairy Federation (IDF) will gather leading nutrition and environmental experts from around the world to discuss the role of dairy in sustainable diets in Seville, Spain, from 1-2 February 2018.

The event will offer delegates a mix of presentations and content, covering both the nutritional and environmental facets of both topics, throughout the two days.

The first day of the programme will cover three sessions, focusing on sustainable diets, public perceptions of dairy and dairy as part of a nutritious diet. The second day of the programme will focus on the environmental and socioeconomic impact of dairy and mitigation of environmental impact and adaptation to climate change.

Dr Judith Bryans, IDF president, says, “The dairy sector plays a key role in feeding the world and must respond dynamically and forcefully on a global level to those who challenge its nutritional and environmental integrity while at the same time recognising that no industry is perfect and we are all striving for sustainable development.

“In hosting events such as this, the IDF continues to play a key role in facilitating the exchange of knowledge and ideas from across the globe, ensuring dairy remains at the forefront of new developments and approaches in these areas.”

“Any work on sustainability must use a systems approach, or it will fail to reflect the realities of the issues at hand, work on sustainable diets is no different,” comments Dr Nico van Belzen, IDF director general.

Dr van Belzen adds, “The conference is aimed at experts who want to know more about both these aspects. If there are still those who remain unconvinced that both subjects should be interlinked, this conference is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how fundamental an integrated approach is in understanding the complexity of the issue.”

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