GLOBAL - World Milk Day takes place today (Wednesday 1 June).
The first World Milk Day was organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in 2001.
Speaking ahead of her speech on the benefits of dairy at the International Dairy Federation's celebration of World Milk Day in Seoul, South Korea, Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "As the world celebrates this World Milk Day, let's remember that milk is a product to be greatly proud of. Demand for dairy is growing across the globe and we have a key role to play to help feed a growing world population with safe, nutritious and affordable foods."
Dr Bryans added: "Dairy makes a difference to millions of people every day, everywhere. As we pour milk on our cereal or add it to tea or coffee, we should remember that milk gives us so many of the nutrients that our bodies need. It's tasty, versatile and healthy – and it also plays an important nutritional role at all stages of life.
"Our industry is a vibrant and dynamic community which provides millions of livelihoods across the world. On World Milk Day, more than 30 countries will celebrate what milk has to offer and the dedication of all of those who put milk on our tables, from farmers to processors, manufacturers and milkmen. Let's join them, raise a glass and spread the word!"
However, some farmers in Europe are targeting World Milk Day for protests against the low prices that they are facing due to the global dairy market crisis, according to the European Milk Board.
The protests have been going on all week and included action to disrupt EU agriculture ministers' meetings. Action took place in France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy.
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