The dairy industry is the most attentive to the issues of sustainability of all agricultural sectors. The rate of progress of the industry in addressing environmental concerns was discussed at an international conference of nutritionists, environmentalists, NGOs and dairy sector representatives organised by Dairy UK in London yesterday.
Conference chairman Richard Laxton welcomed recognition of the significant progress being made by the industry, adding that that there was agreement between the stakeholders on a number of themes. At the same time, he emphasised the need for everyone in the supply chain, NGOs and government, to work together. He said: "It is clear that the door is open for such dialogue".
Dairy UK Director General Jim Begg added: "Today's conference has clearly demonstrated that, as an industry, we stand up to scrutiny. Of course, all food production has some environmental impact, but there is clear evidence that the dairy industry works extremely hard to deal with this.
"The issue is the same in all countries. It is all down to how progressive the industry in that country is and what it is prepared to do."
Dr Judith Bryans, Director of The Dairy Council, said "Dairy foods are nutrient rich and have a lower environmental cost than people think. Policies aimed at reducing Green House Gas emissions from food consumption must take their nutritional value into consideration".
Presentations from all the experts at today's conference can be found on the Dairy UK website at www.dairyUK.org