On June 1st, milk lovers around the world will ‘raise a glass’ to celebrate the white stuff for World Milk Day 2017. World Milk Day was first launched in 2001 by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) to celebrate and increase public awareness about the nutritional and economic importance of milk and milk products around the globe.
We are calling on everybody to ‘raise a glass’ and drink milk on June 1st to celebrate the benefits of milk for our lives. Mérieux NutriSciences recognises the importance of milk as a global food, and is celebrating World Milk Day to increase public awareness about all aspects of the natural milk such as its natural origin, milk nutritional value and various milk products including its economic importance throughout the globe.
Milk is one of the most produced and valuable agricultural commodities worldwide. Milk is the fifth largest provider of energy and the third largest provider of protein and fat for human beings. Milk and dairy products are nutrient-dense foods supplying energy and significant amounts of protein and micronutrients, which are essential to reduce hunger and malnutrition particularly amongst the most vulnerable e.g. pregnant women and children.
In addition to providing children with a variety of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to keep kids healthy, milk is especially important to help build and maintain strong bones. Milk is an important source of healthy nutrients including calcium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, iodine, iron, potassium, folates, vitamin A, vitamin D, riboflavin, vitamin B12, protein and fat.
In 2017 over 30 countries will participate in World Milk Day 2017 including Australia. June 1st was selected to align celebrations with many countries who already had a national milk day celebration on or around this date.
World Milk Day aims to celebrate the important contributions of the dairy sector to sustainability, economic development, livelihoods, and nutrition. To find out how to create your own World Milk Day celebration, visit: www.worldmilkday2017.com.
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ABOUT FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANISATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS (FAO)
Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. Our three main goals are: the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate, and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.