Exclusive: dairy products from the country that’s considered the best globally are the ones that are at the forefront of our evolution, according to a new report by the Australian Institute of Dairy Science (AIDCS).
Dairy products are the most important food ingredient in Australia’s diet, with the likes of cheese and butter being more popular than ever before, according the AIDCS.
The AIDC study, published in the latest issue of the journal Nature Climate Change, surveyed over 5,000 people in 20 countries across the globe and looked at the nutritional value of dairy products.
It found that the best-performing dairy products were found in China, the United States, the European Union and Brazil.
Dykes’ brand, which has been making a name for itself in the US for years, has a reputation for quality and consistency, and the AIDs findings showed that the products were also among the most nutritious.
“Our study suggests that our favourite dairy products are not the cheapest or easiest to prepare,” said AIDS director of research Dr James Wilson.
AIDS has been working to understand how the world’s dairy farmers, who have been the pioneers of modern farming, are using new technologies to make better and healthier products.
Dr Wilson said the Australian industry was at the cutting edge in the field of dairy nutrition.
He said the Aids study revealed the dairy industry was the best at producing dairy products that are the highest quality, most nutritious and have the least environmental impact.
“Dairy is one of the best examples of how a large-scale farm can use new technologies like organic farming to produce food that’s low in carbon, low in calories and low in fat,” Dr Wilson said.
“These are the ingredients that are being used in the best quality dairy products in the country.”
Dr Wilson added that the dairy sector was also taking the next step in addressing global environmental issues, such as the use of antibiotics.
His research also revealed that the global dairy industry’s footprint was much smaller than previously thought.
Mr Wilson said he was delighted to see that Australia was leading the way in terms of dairy sustainability and that AID had been able to put forward a compelling case for Australia’s dairy products as the best around.
“We’re not doing it because we want to.
We’re doing it out of a belief that we can do better,” he said.
Dr Wilson and his colleagues have been studying dairy for almost two decades and have been following its growth across Australia since its inception in the 1970s.
“What I see in the dairy field is an incredible shift towards sustainability, in a very competitive market,” Dr Justin Walshe said.
Dr Walsh said dairy was also a global industry that had been changing as it transitioned from animal-based to plant-based production.
“I think that in the near future, the way we look at sustainability is more global than ever,” he told ABC Radio.
What’s more, he said, the Australian dairy industry had a strong track record of sustainability.
“This is a very important sector for Australia, for Australia as a nation, and it is something that we’ve done our bit to support,” he added.
Dr David McBroom, senior researcher at AID, said there were two key things that the industry was doing to ensure that the health of its animals was in line with the best environmental values.
“One, the industry is working with industry partners to establish new protocols for the handling of dairy animals, and to make sure they’re treated with the utmost care, and also the best possible food for their owners,” he explained.
“Secondly, they’re working with universities and health organisations around the world to understand what the future of dairy in Australia looks like, and what it will look like in a few decades.”
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