A new study from the National Dairy Council (NDC) found that, when they think about it, 68% of people agreed they were proud of Ireland’s dairy heritage.
The research was carried out as part of the âFrom The Ground Upâ awareness campaign.
According to the NDC, Irish dairy farmers feed 45 million people each year in 130 countries around the world.
At present, however, the NDC has said their future is uncertain.
NDC on the future of dairy farming
The uncertainty stems from Ireland’s first emissions targets due to be released shortly – and what it may take to meet them, according to the Dairy Council.
In a statement, the NDC said: “Despite widespread measures already taken to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from dairy products – which are showing results – farmers are accused of ‘speaking the word’ instead. than to “walk the walk”.
However, the NDC said it was reassuring that – upon review – 79% of people recognize that dairy farmers are think about the environment.
The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement (which 191 countries signed) warns against acting on climate change in a way that threatens food production.
Research almost shows 75% people still believe Irish dairy products are among the best in the world.
Almost 80% of respondents said they recognize dairy products contain essential nutrients, and about three-quarters consider dairy products to be part of a healthy and balanced diet.
More than half of those surveyed said they believe it is essential to consume dairy products on a daily basis.
NDC chief executive Zoe Kavanagh praised the research results but said she “felt the job was not finished until everyone recognizes the nutritional, social and economic contribution that dairy products make to Ireland Inc. âand the dynamics behind it.
âIt’s all about the three B’s – buoyant, better, better. Like it or not, demand for dairy continues to be strong and Ireland – from an environmental point of view – produces dairy products better than any other European country, âsaid Kavanagh.
“The best way to fight global climate change is to meet a demand sustained by a country that produces better dairy products,” she concluded.