Health and wellbeing
The industry is committed to maintaining and improving the wellbeing of people by producing quality, nutritious and safe dairy food.
Poor diet is the leading preventable risk factor globally, contributing to 10.5% of diseases in Australia. According to the most recent Australian health survey, only 10% of Australians were consuming enough milk, cheese and yoghurt for optimal health.
Milk, cheese and yoghurt are all recommended in the Australian Dietary Guidelines as part of a well-balanced, nutritious diet.
Despite this, an increasing amount of misinformation has been circulating about the nutritional value of dairy foods in recent years.
With 35% of Australian adults' energy intake coming from junk foods, it is our belief that people need more nutritious food, while cutting down on junk food.
Independent research indicates that an estimated $2 billion could be saved from the nation’s annual healthcare budget if Australians increased their dairy intake to the recommended levels.
To encourage more Australians to meet their recommended dairy intake levels, we are committed to achieving the following goals by 2030:
- All dairy products and ingredients sold are safe
- Dairy contributes to improved health outcomes for all Australians
Here are some of the ways we are working to support these goals:
Nutrition - Using the Australian Dietary Guidelines recommendations (supported by a growing body of scientific evidence) to encourage consumption of locally-produced dairy foods, as part of a balanced diet.
Innovation - Developing more products with less added sugar to meet growing demand for dairy products with fewer additives (e.g. Lion’s Dairy Goodness project).
Quality - Rewarding dairy farmers for producing top-quality milk and showing the link between animal care and milk quality (e.g. Dairy Australia’s Milk Quality Awards).
Health - Contributing to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 3, to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages” and Goal 2, to “ensure access by all people to nutritious and sufficient food…” (e.g. Healthy Bones program).
Resources - Striving to make high quality, safe dairy products, working to improve shelf life, packaging requirements and reducing environmental impacts.
Recently we invited a group of dietitians to a dairy farm to share first-hand what happens on farm, as we know that consumers are wanting more information about the dairy industry than ever before.
For more information on how the industry is striving towards better wellbeing for everyone, check out the latest Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Report.