IDF supports World Milk Day

World Milk Day today (1 June) celebrates the benefits of milk and dairy products which are part of a sustainable and nutritious diet which contributes towards reducing hunger and alleviating poverty.

The Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam is a commitment and recognition by the dairy sector and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on the positive contributions of dairy to the UN Development Goals, says Dr Judith Bryans, president of the International Dairy Federation (IDF).

Bryans states, “The dairy industry helps to feed the world. Milk is a great source of high quality proteins, essential vitamins and minerals, providing billions of people with nutritional benefits. Milk is an important component of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, and contributes to over-all wellbeing.”

According to the IDF, on World Milk Day the dairy industry commemorates the efforts of thousands of dairy farmers around the world and the contributions of dairy processors and suppliers in promoting sustainability, which has major socio-economic impacts in a sector that involves over a billion people who derive their livelihoods from dairy production.

Both the IDF president and director general Caroline Emond will address a World Milk Day Symposium in Daejeon, South Korea today (1 June). The event is held in conjunction with their preparatory visit for the forthcoming IDF World Dairy Summit from 15-19 October 2018. The Summit brings together major players in the global dairy chain to share a networking platform to boost innovation and deepen knowhow.

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