Opening the Summit, IDF President Richard Doyle said he hoped everyone would have an informative week sharing knowledge and science with both well-established and new colleagues. “I believe strongly that IDF is a unique organisation: uniting all stakeholders in the sector to work cooperatively towards the development of knowledge covering all aspects of our industry. It does this by sharing expertise, opinions and work through a worldwide network of volunteer experts and leaders. It is in the nature of this sharing and the overall desire to achieve a common understanding on standards, practices, analysis, science and marketing techniques that the value of IDF to the dairy sector resides.”
Doyle said all sectors were being challenged to quantify and reduce their carbon footprints, or emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), and businesses in agriculture and food production are no exception.
“At the Summit last year, I highlighted the consortium of seven international dairy organisations, including IDF of course, that signed a declaration called ‘A Global Dairy Agenda for Action – Climate Change’ that contained clear commitments on behalf of the global dairy industry. This week we will provide an update of progress made so far on the agenda.”
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