The 1st of June is World Milk Day! But what is it…?
World Milk Day was established by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in 2001. Its establishment aimed to recognise the importance of milk as a global food and to celebrate the dairy sector.
Did you know… Dairy supports the livelihoods of one billion people?!
This year the theme of World Milk Day will highlight the work already being done to accelerate climate action and help reduce the dairy sector’s impact on the planet.
The aim of World Milk Day is to raise awareness of the actions being made towards Dairy Net Zero. Reporting the progress of the sector’s sustainability began in 2018 through the ‘Dairy Sustainability Framework’.
Dairy Net Zero
This was launched in September 2021 just before the United Nations Food Systems Summit.
It was supported by 40 leading organisations, including 11 of the 20 largest dairy companies in the world – combined, these supporters represent around 30% of the total milk production worldwide.
Dairy Net Zero demonstrates the dairy sector’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions whilst continuing to produce milk for the world’s population.
The benefits of milk
- Milk is packed with nutrients – it contains vitamins, minerals, protein, healthy fats and antioxidants
- It is a good source of quality protein – It contains all nine essential amino acids and it may help reduce age-related muscle loss and promote muscle repair after exercise
- It benefits bone health – this is a result of the benefit of calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus and magnesium on bones. It may also prevent osteoporosis and reduce the risk of fractures
- It is a very versatile ingredient – it doesn’t just have to be a drink!
How can I help with World Milk Day?
The day is intended to provide an opportunity to bring attention to activities that are connected with the dairy sector, and to raise awareness of dairy’s part in healthy diets, responsible food production, and supporting livelihoods and communities.
Share your support on social media using #EnjoyDairy
More information can be found on the World Milk Day website along with the 2022 campaigns – here!