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Narrow Consumption Cuts Are Not The Answer

14 December 2009

UK - The Sustainable Development Commission has taken too narrow a view of sustainability in its report ‘Setting the Table’. Dairy UK believes a better balance between environmental, political and economic sustainability is needed.

Dairy products will form a crucial part of the next generation’s diet, as governments around the world recognise. The abundant nutrients and minerals in dairy products like milk and cheese make these foods very efficient sources of nutrition.

Producing milk and turning it into dairy products adds around £8bn to the UK economy every year and employs more than 70,000 people, many of them in marginal rural areas.

Dairy farmers also manage grazing land that is a major store of carbon. And they have cut methane emissions from their cattle by 17% since 1990. Meanwhile, processors have saved more than 130,000 tonnes of carbon from entering the atmosphere in the last 10 years.

The Milk Roadmap, backed by government, ensures that farmers, processors and retailers can become greener still, so that shoppers can be confident when they buy British made dairy products from British milk.

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