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Sustainable Dairy is at the Core of Food Security

14 August 2009

UK - A strong, sustainable domestic dairy sector is a vital element of food security for the UK, Dairy UK said today in response to the publication of Defra’s latest announcement on this key issue.

The UK dairy industry, as the producer of some of the nation’s best loved foods, fully accepts its responsibility to act in a sustainable way.

The sector is sets great store by the environmental targets in the Milk Roadmap, which the farming sector, processors, retailers and government have signed up to. The industry is also on track to exceed these targets and have already started additional work on an industry-wide carbon footprinting standard and educating consumers about food waste among others.

Dairy UK Director General Jim Begg said: “For the UK to be food secure, consumers must have access to a sustainable supply of the foods they like, at prices they can afford. In practical terms, this requires robust domestic food production.

“Dairy is central to a healthy balanced diet, which means that it is at the core of food security for the UK. By working in partnership with government and the supply chain, the industry can put itself in a strong position to meet the challenges of delivering a sustainable food system in the future and we are confident we can meet this challenge.

Dairy UK is working with Defra and its agencies on food security, and will respond in detail to the package of measures outlined in today’s announcement.

TheCattleSite News Desk


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