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World Milk Day 2021: History, Importance And Theme

Every year, 1 June is marked as World Milk day.

  • World Milk Day is being celebrated annually since 2001.
  • The day was introduced by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations.
  • This year, the theme for Milk Day will focus on ‘sustainability in the dairy sector

Milk is an important part of a healthy, balanced diet for each individual and the annual World Milk Day provides the perfect opportunity to spread the word. In the last few years, India has also become one of the largest producers of milk in the world with over 150 million tonnes of production and per capita availability of over 300 grams per day.

With a week to go for World Milk Day 2021, here is everything you need to know about the day and celebrations that take place across the globe.

History of World Milk Day

In 2001, World Milk Day was introduced by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations to recognize the importance of milk as a global food, and to celebrate the dairy sector, every year on 1 June.

Importance of World Milk Day

On this day, the benefits that intake of milk and dairy products provide for people are actively promoted around the world, including how dairy supports the livelihoods of over one billion people. Not only are dairy products beneficial for health, but the dairy sector is a vital part of the global food system, providing economic, nutritional & social benefits to many people around the world. As India is an agricultural nation, the day holds even more importance considering it is one of the staple foods of the country. The variation of using milk in cooking differs, but it is an important part of at least one meal in a day.

Theme For The Year 2021

This year, the theme for World Milk Day will focus on ‘sustainability in the dairy sector along with empowering the environment, nutrition, and socio-economic. The organization also aims to re-introduce dairy farming to the world, by helping to create a low-carbon future for dairy.

The theme aims to spread more and more awareness every year about including milk and dairy products in the diet regularly.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no major events are expected to be lined up by the committee. However, several campaigns are being organised by the Global Dairy Platform. The celebrations will begin with an ‘Enjoy Dairy Rally’, to be held from 29-31 May.

Amid these struggling and straining times due to the coronavirus outbreak, all of us can also mark this day by donating milk packets to people who are in need and are unable to get access to these amenities, which are as basic as procuring ‘milk’.

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