Milk and dairy part of a sustainable nutrition pattern

27 June 2014

By making small changes to our nutrition patterns, we can bring about a significant reduction in the environmental burden. This was the conclusion reached at the Dairy Symposium on Sustainable Diets in The Hague earlier this week.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, a sustainable diet is a nutrition pattern with a low environmental impact which contributes to food and nutrition security and a healthy life for present and future generations. Janice Albert, Nutrition Officer at the FAO, sees an important role for dairy in such a pattern: ‘Dairy is rich in proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins and carbohydrates. Milk and dairy products can be an absolutely vital component in a nutrition pattern where diversity is lacking.

’Growing international demand for healthy nutrition provides major opportunities for Dutch dairy companies. Cees ’t Hart, CEO of the Dutch Dairy Association: ‘The prospects for the Dutch dairy sector are extremely promising. At the same time, we are faced with the challenge of needing to reduce pressure on the environment and tackle the health problems caused by bad lifestyle habits. The FAO’s Sustainable Diets Concept gives companies in the food industry an important guide to achieving that.’

Please visit the FAO website for more information.