Dairy Sustainability eNews


Being responsible for less waste, more wellbeing

Australian dairy is at the forefront of efforts to achieve national sustainability targets for waste in 2025 (plastics and packaging) and 2030 (food waste and carbon emissions).

This month, two projects that promise to reduce waste in the dairy value chain were launched and new research revealed that more dairy in the diet reduces fractures and falls in aged-care residents. 

Also, we found time to check-in with stakeholders for the Australian Dairy Sustainability Framework.

The Australian dairy industry is committed to improving people’s wellbeing and supporting responsible consumption. 

Dairy maps path to packaging targets

A roadmap for making dairy packaging more sustainable and achieving Australia’s 2025 packaging targets has been released. It was developed by the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) in partnership with Dairy Australia, the Australian Dairy Products Federation and a number of Australian dairy manufacturers.
Read more here.

Australian dairy targets less waste on-farm and in manufacturing

Daily dairy boost means fewer breaks

Researchers have found the addition of milk, cheese and yoghurt into the daily diet of aged-care residents can reduce fractures and falls, in a new study published in the British Medical Journal. The outcomes from the trial will be used to improve policy and inform good clinical practice across the aged-care sector.
Read the study here.

New study finds dairy foods reduce fractures in aged care residents
Dairy foods reduce fractures in aged-care residents: study | Mirage News

Dairy supports net zero by 2050

On the eve of the United Nations climate change conference (COP26) the Australian dairy industry supports Australian agriculture’s climate change policy (see the climate change policy here) for a goal of net zero carbon across the economy. Dairy’s current goal is to cut greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 30% by 2030. This goal is currently under review. Australian dairy farmers and manufacturers are committed to meeting the challenge of climate change. This is a public commitment made in the Australian Dairy Sustainability Framework.

Talking healthy, sustainable dairy food

More than 80 people from industry, business, community and government heard from global and national speakers and examined issues at a virtual meeting for the Dairy Sustainability Consultative Forum on 14 October. The forum serves as a stakeholder reference group for the Australian Dairy Sustainability Framework.
The speakers included:

  • Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, Markets, WWF-US
  • Lachlan Monsbourgh, Head of Sustainable Business Development, Rabobank
  • Gilly Hendrie, Health and Nutrition Research, CSIRO
  • Kathryn Davis, Senior Consultant, Biologic
  • Tony Wood, Director, Energy and Climate Program, Grattan Institute

See the meeting report in the next edition.

Listening to diverse voices key to enabling collective intelligence

Dairy takes action on food waste

With the support of the Recycling Victoria Business Support Fund, leading dairy organisations Australian Dairy Products Federation and Dairy Australia are partnering with Stop Food Waste Australia to develop a Dairy Sector Food Waste Action Plan to help the industry work towards reducing food waste across the dairy supply chain. The action plan supports the Australian dairy industry’s goal in the Australian Dairy Sustainability Framework to halve food waste by 2030.
Find out more about the plan here.

Aussie food companies make new pact to half food waste

Family does U-turn on dairy exit plan

Inspired by the Our Farm, Our Plan program dairy farmers Craig and Sophie Bennett have reversed their decision to leave the industry and now have plans for a long-term future in dairying.
See the story here

WATCH Our Farm, Our Plan helps make dairy farmers’ dreams a reality

Dairy farmer recognised in 2020 national rural women’s award
Mental health vital for dairy farmers even when times are good


Hunger hub salutes world food day

A new knowledge hub that shares what dairy is doing in Australia to address global hunger and improve food security was launched for World Food Day this month.
Visit the Hunger Hub here

WATCH What role does dairy food play in a healthy, sustainable diet?

Also, in sustainability news

Did you know? Australian dairy made a submission to the UN Food Systems Summit. Find it here
Lastly, for the latest from leading experts in the global dairy sector, see news and insights from the International Dairy Federation (IDF). IDF hosted a webinar and knowledge hub for World School Milk Day.
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