Dairy Sustainability eNews


Dairy sustainability, 10 years and counting

Sustainable development is front and centre of the Australian dairy industry in 2022 – the 10th year of the Australian Dairy Sustainability Framework.
The framework has a new home on the web. A target for phasing out of routine calving induction was achieved last month. A review of the goals and targets in the framework will be completed this year.
Sustainability is also a cornerstone of dairy farmers’ policy wish list for the upcoming national election in Australia. Welcome to this month’s edition of the Dairy Sustainability eNews.

Human rights put under microscope

A review of human rights (including modern slavery) risks across the Australian dairy supply chain is set to begin as part of a wider review of the goals and targets in the Australian Dairy Sustainability Framework.


Save the date: The next meeting of the Dairy Sustainability Consultative Forum will be held on Wednesday, 11 May 2022.

Yes, milk matters to global health

When considering changes to the food system the importance of milk to people’s health should not be undervalued, a new study that modelled the contribution of milk to global nutrition has found.

See the report here.


Climate, weather, net zero: code red

The urgency of bridging the gap to net zero carbon is highlighted by a new report that finds extreme weather events and climate inaction are the most severe threats to the global economy.

See the report here.



BDO report values dairy output at $15.7b

A new report commissioned by Dairy Australia estimates that the Australian dairy industry and flow-on activity from the industry contribute $15.7 billion to the national economy.

For details, contact John Droppert.


Don’t miss: The dairy and sustainability sessions at the ABARES Outlook conference on Friday, 4 March, as well as milk pricing, featuring the Australian Milk Price Initiative and the Milk Value Portal. See the program is here.

Lawmakers move to stop greenwash

Governments in Australia and Europe are moving to improve the disclosure of carbon targets, climate action and sustainable impacts by big companies.

See here for more about the CERT in Australia.

See here for more about the CSRD in Europe.


Also, in sustainability news:

Biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse among global risks Financial Management
WHO warns that rising AMR levels pose threat to SDGs Dairy Sustainability Framework
Robotics in dairy prove a win-win for cows, farmers DairySafe
Farmers kick goals in business planning workshops Farm Online
SBTi consults about forest, land agriculture impacts Science-Based Target Initiative
Are environmental footprint calculators for food flawed? The Conversation
New bill backs farm biodiversity stewardship market Australian Government
Nestle targets plant-based portfolio, renewable energy Food Navigator
Lastly, for global dairy sustainability news see the latest Dairy Flash from the European Dairy Association, the latest bulletin from the Global Dairy Platform and this newsletter from the Dairy Sustainability Framework.
STOP PRESS: The International Dairy Federation has launched the Dairy Innovation Awards 2022.
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