# 34, October 2020
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Today is World Food Day 2020 and this year’s theme is Grow, nourish, sustain. Together. Our actions are our future. The key call to action is for everyone to play their part to strengthen food systems and the livelihoods of people who work across the food system and make sure that food makes its way from farm to fork, despite challenges such as pandemics. We very much appreciate the efforts of the DSF members in quantifying the impact of the changes we are making to demonstrate dairy is a responsible and vital part of a sustainable food system. Please share the World Food Day video 

In this issue...

We report on the DSF Annual Members meeting, the DSF 2020-25 Strategic Plan, the newly available GRA, GDP & DSF report of the pilot study on Dairy cow health impacts on GHG Emissions and much more…

2020 DSF Annual Members Meeting

The Annual DSF Members Meeting was held virtually on 23 September and we were delighted to have so many joining us. The meeting was moderated by DSF Chairman, Donald Moore, and well over 100 participants from 25 different countries attended.

The meeting theme was “The Role of the DSF in a Changing Sustainable Food…

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DSF Strategic Plan

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Launched in 2013, the DSF has evolved significantly in seven years. This month the DSF has published its first publicly available strategy for the next five years. The DSF Strategic Plan 2020-2025 is centred on five strategic pillars: reporting and communication; growth & development; membership…

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2019 DSF Reporting Results

The DSF was pleased to share the reporting results of all 11 DSF global criteria covering the environmental, economic and social sustainability pillars at last month’s Annual Members meeting.  The DSF currently represents approximately 28% of global milk production, around 46% of the world’s formal milk market.  The results consist of the aggregated 2019 data…

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How Dairy Cattle Health impacts on GHG Emissions - pilot study report published



The 2019 Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Global Dairy Platform (GDP) report ‘Climate Change and the Global Dairy Cattle Sector’ identified improved cattle health as a key action to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from livestock production.  The Global Research Alliance (GRA), GDP and…

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DSF Webinar Programme continues

Following on from the enthusiastic feedback we have received for the series of webinars between May and August, the programme is continuing on a monthly basis.  This month we heard from CNIEL (the French Dairy Interbranch Association), DSF Aggregating member, explaining in detail their national approach for tackling climate change. Ronan Lasbleiz gave a fascinating…

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Webinar series 2020

Sustainable Dairy Partnership ready for industry implementation



The Sustainable Dairy Partnership (SDP) builds on the Dairy Sustainability Framework (DSF) by requiring SDP users to join the DSF at Implementing Member level and implement the DSF process and reporting commitments.  The SDP combines DSF requirements and additional assurance requirements to provide a unified sustainability…

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Dairy Sustainability News from DSF Members

One of our members suggested it might be of interest for DSF Members to share their dairy sustainability news with other members, so here are a couple for your information:

Dairy Sustainability eNews is issued monthly by the Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC). The ADIC comprises the Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) and the Australian…

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News you may have missed...
  • Climate Week: World split on urgency of tackling rising temperatures, poll suggests
  • World leaders pledge to halt Earth’s destruction ahead of UN summit
  • International Day of Rural Women celebrates the vital role that rural women play in climate action

Climate Week: World split on urgency of tackling rising temperatures, poll…

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Food for thought...
  • Ditch soy alternatives for cows’ milk says The Sustainable Food Trust
  • Does breed type influence methane emissions from cattle?
  • LEAP launches guidelines on the environmental performance of feed additives

Ditch soy alternatives for cows’ milk says the Sustainable Food Trust (reported on Foodnavigator.com)
Consumers who want to help make a…

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Upcoming Events

  • .• EDA Annual Convention Virtual Conference “Milk and Dairy Essential for your Life!” – 20 November 2020more details
  • 6th World One Health Congress virtual edition - 30 October – 3 November 2020 more details 
  • IDF Dairy Leaders Panel 2020 (online) From Covid-19 to the Food Systems Summit: How is the World of Dairy Changing – 3 November 2020 - more details
If you have any forthcoming events that you think would interest DSF Members, please send details to the DSF Secretariat and we will do our best to include them in future newsletters.
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