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Dairy as part of a sustainable food system

The role of the Australian dairy industry as part of a sustainable food system will be reimagined at next month’s half-yearly meeting of the Dairy Sustainability Consultative Forum.
 
The forum – an important stakeholder reference group for the Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Framework – will double as an independent dialogue for the United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021. The outputs from this event will inform a review of the sustainability framework and the UN summit process.
 
Another key output next month is the Australian Dairy Industry 2020 Sustainability Report. It will report our progress on delivering The Dairy Promise: to provide nutritious food for a healthier world.
 
We hope both the consultative forum and the progress report inspire timely conversations about the global food system and spark game-changing ideas for collaboration that change food for the better.

Dairy joins chorus for system change

The Australian dairy industry will convene an independent dialogue for the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 next month. The forum for the dialogue is the next meeting of the Dairy Sustainability Consultative Forum on Thursday,13 May 2021. Attendees will have input into a review of the commitments in the Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Framework as well as the food systems summit.
Join the consultative forum dialogue here.

 

Dairy set to report on sustainability

Dairy’s progress towards our sustainability framework’s goals and targets can be tracked in the Australian Dairy Industry 2020 Sustainability Report which will be published next month. The report captures stories of dairy representative bodies, companies and individuals taking action to improve the economic, environmental and social resilience of our industry. Importantly, it also discusses areas for improvement, for our industry to deliver on its promise: to provide nutritious food for a healthier world.
For an early copy, email here.

Animal welfare still a business priority

The 2020 Business Benchmarking for Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) report is out. As the leading global measure for farm animal welfare management at large food companies, its results show farm animal welfare remains a business priority. Providing best care for all our animals is a commitment in the sustainability framework.
See the (BBFAW) results here
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Food, drink companies set 2025 goals

Made up of 130 food and drink companies worldwide, the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform has announced new 2025 sustainability goals. The involvement of farm input companies in the SAI Platform features as an important step forward to help drive innovation on farms.
Read more here
RELATED: SAI working group seeks to transform dairy sector

Dairy food waste action plan

The Australian Dairy Products Federation, Dairy Australia and Stop Food Waste Australia have submitted a funding proposal to develop a Dairy Food Waste Action Plan. If supported, the Action Plan will analyse food waste in the dairy supply chain, then look to identify global opportunities to reduce waste streams and deliver value back to dairy businesses. It would support the National Farmers’ Federation 2030 Roadmap goal to halve food waste by 2030. For more information, email here
RELATED: Dairy Australia is a partner for the Wastes to Profits which looks at ways to add value to “waste” in agriculture

In other sustainability news

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Lastly, for news on dairy sustainability globally, see the latest e-flash from the European Dairy Association (EDA). Also, see this update from the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform Australia.
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