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Dairy as part of the recipe to transition food systems and to achieve the SDG 2030 agenda

As we celebrate World Food Day on 16 October and commemorate at the same time the 75th Anniversary of the founding of FAO, IDF’s mission comes to mind: Nourishing the world with safe and sustainable dairy. Without safe, accessible, affordable, and nutritious food there is no food security and certainly no nutrition security. With 2 billion persons malnourished around the world, it is not only a question of producing the right quantity of food but more importantly quality food.  Nutrient-dense…

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How international superstars are inspiring younger generations to drink more milk

  BTS is a very successful Korean boy band, known for their hit singles in the popular genre of Korean pop (K-POP). The group are internationally known for their hit singles across the world with over 30 million followers on social media. They are also number 1 on iTunes in over 91 countries. Why am I reading about this in an IDF blog you may ask? For good reason: a specific tweet from their song and video Dynamite, recently went…

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The history of the break-time milk day in Switzerland

School milk programmes around the world contribute to good health and nutrition for children in schools. As part of our school milk series, Daniela Carrera, Team Manager for School Programmes in Switzerland at Swissmilk, provides an overview of how school milk programmes are handled in Switzerland and the benefits they offer to both students and teachers. To counteract this and raise awareness of the value of school milk, Swissmilk has undertaken a range of activities to ensure that the subject…

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Practical measures for sustainable dairy production

In a preview article from the upcoming IDF Dairy Sustainability Outlook edition 3, we look at a case study in Ireland to harness practical measures within dairy agroecosystems to address climate change and biodiversity. Ireland is one of the 197 countries that have signed up to the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit the rise in global temperature this century to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The EU has set a target to reduce emissions in the non-ETS sector, as…

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An action plan for a climate resilient dairy sector

In a preview article from the forthcoming IDF Dairy Sustainability Outlook edition 3, which will be released in June, we look at how the Dutch dairy sector is mobilizing to become further climate resilient. Following the Paris Agreement, the Dutch government approved a Climate Act in which the Netherlands’ climate goals are set. In the National Climate Agreement, a nationwide agreement between governments, NGO’s and private sector parties, the dairy sector played an active role by submitting a detailed and…

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Celebrating the role of dairy science

It is during a public health pandemic like the one we are facing today that we are reminded of the importance of science and the vital role of scientists in supporting decision-making.  Piercristiano Brazzale, Chair of the International Dairy Federation’s Science Programme Coordination Committee, thanks scientists around the world for their contributions to making our milk and dairy foods safe. Since the seventeenth century, science has been the creative engine from which wellness and hygiene conditions emerged; the catalyst for…

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Outcome of IDF/ISO analytical meetings

Meeting wrap-up – IDF/ISO virtual analytical meetings Due to the current pandemic of COVID-19, IDF and ISO have just wrapped up their first digital meetings. 13 calls were held with approximately 100 participants attending one or several of the meetings. All meetings were productive, and participants respected the virtual meeting rules. In terms of outcomes, several standards have been identified for revision, such as ISO 14675|IDF 186 (guidelines for a standardized description of competitive enzyme immunoassays for aflatoxin M1). New…

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The challenge of balancing milk supply in times of crisis: Why some farmers have to discard raw milk during the COVID-19 pandemic

Like many other sectors, the dairy supply chain has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, adapting milk production due to a serious drop in market demand resulting from the abrupt albeit temporary closing of restaurants, hotels and school, is not an easy and quick thing to do. Despite strong demand for basic foods like milk and dairy products amid the coronavirus pandemic, the milk supply chain has seen a host of disruptions that are preventing some individual dairy farmers…

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Relying on dairy in a world consumed by COVID-19

These are not normal times. The simple things we’ve been doing all our lives, we can’t do anymore. We can’t hug our friends, shake hands or enjoy each other’s company because of a silent enemy called COVID-19. This virus has changed how we live and think around the world. At times of crisis people turn to things they really need and rely on every day. The everyday essentials. As more and more people are spending time at home due to…

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The evolution of school milk in Chile

As we approach the release date of the new IDF bulletin on worldwide school milk programmes, Consuelo Fuentes, Ingeniero Agrónomo at Consorcio Lechero in Chile, gives an overview of the history of school milk in the country, its importance to child health and how state programmes have evolved over the years. Without a doubt, the consumption of dairy products is essential for the proper physical and intellectual development of children: scientific evidence proves it. But the habit that these children must acquire to consume…

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