The U.S. dairy community continues to make investments for the future of food. Thanks to dairy farmers’ relentless use of careful management and adoption of innovative practices, milk is being produced in the United States in an especially efficient way that nourishes people but also helps protect our planet. One example of this, U.S. Dairy’s bold journey to greenhouse gas (GHG) neutrality, was showcased at the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) 21st World Congress of Food Science & Technology in Singapore early this month.
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The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) today unveiled the start of an exciting new chapter for its presence in Southeast Asia with a virtual event officially launching the new U.S. Center for Dairy Excellence (U.S. CDE). As the first overseas physical investment by USDEC, the U.S. CDE in Singapore is funded by U.S. dairy farmers and processors and envisioned as a gateway for collaboration between the U.S. dairy community (U.S. Dairy) and Southeast Asia's food and beverage stakeholders, the culinary sector, health professionals and other partners.
Have you ever wondered about how the processing steps of protein ingredients differ and what effect those steps have on sustainable production? If so, you might be surprised to learn how “green” dairy is. Findings from a new landscape survey comparing the commercial processing of 17 protein ingredients were unveiled on July 13 as part of the technical program of the virtual Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo, known as SHIFT20. The study – which was conducted by RTI Innovation Advisors and funded by the National Dairy Council – shed scientific light on how dairy proteins compare with plant and other protein sources when it comes to degree of processing and impact on environmental resources. This is especially critical at a time when sustainable food production is paramount to addressing the challenge of providing valuable nutrition to the growing global population.
The U.S. dairy community plays an essential role in ensuring a safe and consistent supply of nutritious and delicious dairy foods for people and communities across the globe.
We share a commitment – from the farm to the table – to responsibly producing the dairy foods we all enjoy and depend upon. U.S. dairy farmers are taking strong action, always innovating to produce milk and dairy products with fewer resources.
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Dairy products and ingredients—such as U.S. whey and milk proteins—are a delicious way to enjoy the wonderful nutrition naturally found in cow’s milk.
While protein is naturally found in a variety of animal and plant foods, there is a wide variance in protein quality. U.S. dairy proteins stand out as a high quality, complete source of protein containing all the essential amino acids. Whey protein is also the leading source of the amino acid leucine, which is important for healthy aging by playing a central role in stimulating muscle protein synthesis.