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An organisation responsible for more than 80 per cent of the world's dairy production has made sustainability and the environment its priorities.

The International Dairy Federation (IDF) has approved a new programme that aims to improve the global dairy industry's environmental positioning.

In a statement, the body claimed that it would be looking to build on existing initiatives that include reducing on-farm greenhouse gas emissions and the re-use of processed water.

"We are acutely conscious of the potential impact on the dairy industry around the world of issues such as climate change and carbon footprinting," said IDF president, Jim Begg.

Christian Robert, the organisation's director-general, added: "This new initiative should add to our understanding of the issues and improve our ability to guide the dairy industry down the path of sustainability."

Among the existing efforts within the dairy industry to promote sustainability is Ben & Jerry's Caring Dairy partnership with 550 European farmers, as it targets the use of 95 per cent sustainably produced dairy in its products by 2010.ADNFCR-1231-ID-18448796-ADNFCR

Article Date: 31 January 2008

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