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Dairy Sustainability eNews

Rethinking ways to fast-track sustainable, healthy foods

Game-changing ideas for dairy’s role in a sustainable food system and opportunities to fast-track the industry’s sustainability emerged at the Dairy Sustainability Consultative Forum this month.
 
Reusing end-of-life plastic, abating greenhouse gases and improving diets were among the ideas shared by a record turnout of representatives from the dairy value chain and experts in sustainable food.
 
The forum, which was a registered independent dialogue ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 – also showcased the Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Report 2020. The report outlines progress towards the industry’s 2030 Goals (see story below) and is dairy’s eighth sustainability report.
 
Outputs from the forum will inform a review of the commitments, goals, targets and indicators in the Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Framework – the first of its kind in agriculture worldwide

Dairy makes gains on water, GHGs

A better use of water and cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturers are among the gains in sustainable development made by the Australian dairy industry in 2020. Other gains reported include:

  • An increase in total payments to dairy farmers
  • Further falls in routine calving induction
  • Dairy continuing to be recognised as part of a healthy diet in national guidelines and among consumers

See the Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Report 2020

Dairy joins global food summit talks

Australian dairy will provide input into the UN Food Systems Summit 2021, using ideas for game changing solutions suggested at the Consultative Forum this month – also registered as an independent summit dialogue. Ideas for reusing plastic, abating greenhouse gases and improving dietary patterns were considered.
Read more here

Dairy in a sustainable, healthy diet

The Australian dairy industry made a submission to a review of the 2013 Australian dietary guidelines aiming for dairy foods – milk, cheese, yoghurt, custard – to continue to be recognised as an integral part of a healthy, sustainable eating pattern due to their contribution to the health and wellbeing of Australians. This aligns with the dairy industry's sustainability goal which is to contribute to improved health outcomes for all Australians.
See the story here

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Fresh insights for framework review

Leaders from public health, climate, food systems and finance, as well as the dairy industry, have identified new opportunities to fast-track the industry’s sustainability progress. These insights will inform a review of the commitments, goals, targets and indicators in the Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Framework.
See Dairy’s sustainability promise here

Processors in 100% recycled HDPE bid 

Dairy companies Bega, Lactalis and Saputo are working with researchers from leading universities to eliminate the label adhesive contaminant that currently prevents plastic (HDPE - High-density Polyethylene) milk bottles from being 100% recyclable.
Read the story here
 

Also, in sustainability news

Don’t miss: "Recognising the value of agriculture for a thriving future" SAI Platform (9-11 June)
 
For news on dairy sustainability globally, see this eNews from the Dairy Sustainability Framework and check out this social responsibility program from the National Milk Producers Federation in the United States.
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