World Milk Day

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2024 DateJune 1, 2024
2025 DateJune 1, 2025

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World Milk Day highlights the importance of milk as a global food. It celebrates the vital role that milk plays in our diet throughout the different stages of life, from infancy to adulthood. It also recognizes the hardworking individuals in the dairy industry, such as farmers, milk processors, and retailers. This observance serves to promote the benefits of milk and dairy products not just for health, but also for their potential in reducing poverty and hunger, in addition to supporting livelihoods.

The global observance has significant ties to America, which stands as one of the largest producers and consumers of milk worldwide. World Milk Day was established in 2001 by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, which saw the need to appreciate the essential contributions of the dairy sector to economic development, livelihoods, nutrition, and environmental sustainability. For Americans, it particularly emphasizes the role that milk and dairy products play in a balanced diet, contributing to the nutritional needs of millions of individuals in the country.

Across America, World Milk Day is observed through various activities that celebrate milk and the dairy industry. These include milk tasting events, dairy farm open days, health professionals sharing about the nutritional benefits of milk, and the sharing of #WorldMilkDay on social media. Schools and community organizations may also have programs promoting the importance of milk in a healthy diet. World Milk Day specifically occurs on June 1st every year worldwide.

World Milk Day facts

  • One cup of milk (approximately 244 grams) can provide around 276-352 milligrams of calcium, depending on the type of milk.
  • India is the largest milk producer, accounting for over 22% of global milk production, followed by the United States, China, Pakistan, and Brazil.
  • According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), approximately 150 million tons of milk are lost or wasted globally each year, contributing to food waste and environmental impacts.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2022, the top five milk production states were:
    1) California
    2) Wisconsin
    3) Idaho
    4) Texas
    5) New York
  • According to Zippia, as of 2022, the U.S. dairy industry is worth $120 billion.
  • According to the Merlo Farming Group, the first time milk was delivered in the U.S was in 1878. Sterilized glass bottles were delivered to whoever wanted to purchase milk.

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