Global Dairy Platform’s Nourish 2019

Nourish 2019, held in Chicago, US, 17-19 June welcomed speakers such as H.E. Mario Arvelo, chair of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security, to share perspectives on the state of our planet, the impact heightened environmental concerns are having on consumers, policy makers and rural communities around the world, and the role the global dairy community can play in creating a truly sustainable future for everyone.

“Nourish2019 provided honest conversations about the role dairy plays in the future of our planet,” says Donald Moore, executive director, Global Dairy Platform, which hosted the conference. “This event is a statement by food and dairy industry partners of our continued commitment to collaboratively create a sustainable future.”
The roster of leaders in media, technology, food and public health who participated in Nourish 2019, included representatives from the United Nations, World Wildlife Fund, Dairy Farmers of America, Chobani, Foodtank, World Resources Institute, Emerging Ag, Rabobank, The Good Food Institute, US Dairy Export Council, Arla Foods, China Mengniu Dairy Company and Royal FrieslandCampina.
There is no denying the world is in a constant state of change, and it is the responsibility of the food industry to be aware and engaged in discussions around the environment and the fundamental role dairy can play. Several topics were examined as a result.
Dr Melissa Ho, senior vice president, fresh water and food at the World Wildlife Fund-US, provided a perspective on the state of our environment and the adjustments that should be considered as part of the food system to protect natural resources.
Which food system helps us sustain the planet the most, was a query for the redefining of our food system aspect of the conference. There isn’t a clear-cut answer. However, this session, moderated by Robynne Anderson, president of Emerging Ag, highlighted different perspectives on the future of food systems by panelists, showcasing the number of varying opinions on this topic.
For Dairy Without Borders, the current and potential benefits of dairy are far and wide across the globe. From providing access to healthy and affordable nutrition to creating new employment opportunities, there is no denying dairy will play an important role in emerging communities. This session was moderated by secretary Tom Vilsack, president and chief executive officer at the US Dairy Export Council. Global dairy leaders weighed-in on how geopolitical trade issues are affecting the food and dairy industry and their impact on giving global access to nutrition.
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