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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 Week 2020 – Virtual meetings

Meeting wrap-up – IDF/ISO Analytical Week 2020 Due to the current pandemic of COVID-19, IDF and ISO have just wrapped up their first virtual/digital Analytical Week meeting that was initially originally scheduled for Beijing, China 6 to 9 April. 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…

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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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“It is vital we encourage the next generation of female scientists into the dairy sector”

11 February 2020 is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. To mark this important event, we spoke to Prof. Sylvie Turgeon, Professor at STELA-INAF, Université Laval and co-chair of the IDF International Cheese Science and Technology Symposium Organizing Committee, to gain her perspective on the presence and influence of women in dairy science. How did your career in dairy science begin? I am a food science undergraduate, which then continued to post-graduate studies, including work on whey…

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School Milk Programmes – vital for good health and learning

            School milk programmes around the world contribute to good health and nutrition for children in schools. As part of our school milk series, Birgit Irgens, Concept Manager for the School Milk Programme in Norway at TINE, provides an overview of how school milk programmes are handled in Norway and the benefits they offer to both students and families. In Norway, it is a tradition to bring packed lunch from home, but it is frequently…

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Dairy – a more nutritious and sustainable choice for your cup

Today, there are innumerable food and beverage choices catering to every lifestyle — dairy, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, vegan and more. While it’s great to have a range of choices to fit individual needs and wishes, not all options are nutritionally equal, nor do they have the same impact on our planet. Dairy’s true impact on climate change Contrary to what some believe, per unit the dairy sector has one of the smallest carbon footprints of all animal products in the…

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