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IDF releases second 'Dairy Sustainability Outlook'

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Outlook provides insight into ongoing projects and new research on dairy sector sustainability.

The International Dairy Federation (IDF) recently published the second edition of its “Dairy Sustainability Outlook.” The publication presents a wide range of national initiatives for sustainable dairying, including examples of climate neutral development, biodiversity improvement, food waste reduction, women’s empowerment through the dairy sector, the creation of a sustainable workplace, recycling and packaging and the circular economy.

There is also a general description of global sustainability initiatives, which includes the U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization’s latest Livestock Environmental Assessment & Performance methodologies and research on healthy diets, the impact of animal products on climate change and why methane should be treated differently from other greenhouse gas emissions.

The outlook offers an opportunity for those involved in the field to share insights on sustainability projects of importance for the dairy sector. It includes contributions from dairy sustainability experts from around the world, including in Australia, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, India, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, the U.K. and the U.S.

“Sustainable development is a collective effort that depends on collaboration between governments, international organizations and the private sector, along with individuals. The dairy sector has a key role to play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the U.N. 2030 Agenda,” IDF director-general Caroline Emond said. “IDF recognizes the challenges and opportunities and is committed to contributing relevant scientific information and good practice to the discussion through publications such as the 'Dairy Sustainability Outlook.'”

There are numerous ongoing sustainability initiatives within the dairy sector, and IDF has selected a few among them to illustrate the dynamism of the sector when it comes to sustainability.

“This second IDF 'Dairy Sustainability Outlook' aims to provide a viewpoint on sustainable development of relevant importance for the dairy sector. It offers an opportunity for those involved in the field to share ongoing projects and new research on sustainability of importance for the dairy sector and contributions to the [U.N. Sustainable Development Goals],” IDF said.

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