WORLD MILK DAY
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Annually, on June 1, the world celebrates the Global Milk Day in a bid to spread awareness about the consumption of Milk and benefits of its nutrition.
- Theme’19: Drink Milk: Today & Every day.
- The theme intended to educate people about the importance of milk in our life and society.
- One of the main reasons to celebrate this day is to highlight the importance to the nutritional value of milk and how dairy industry adds to the livelihood of hundreds and thousands of people around the world.
- Milk is nutrition (vitamin D and calcium) rich and is a primary source of nutrition in infants and children.
- Milk is one of the global foods, which is celebrated as a super food all around the globe, figuratively and literally.
- It is a good source of proteins, fats, sugars, vitamins and minerals essential for healthy bones.
- The ever-increasing rise in domestic demand for dairy farm merchandise and an over sized demand-supply gap may lead to Bharat being a web bourgeois of dairy farm merchandise within the future.
- In 2018, over 586 events were held in 72 countries on the occasion.
Importance of Vitamin D:
- Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in very few foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement.
- The nutritionally important forms of vitamin D in man are calciferol (vitamin D2) and cholecalciferol (vitamin D3).
- Cholecalciferol is the naturally occurring vitamin D which is found in animal fat and fish liver oils.
- It is also produced by the body when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis.
- Since 2001, the Food and Agriculture of The United Nations selected the date for the Global Milk Day to celebrate the important contributions of the dairy sector to sustainability, economic development, livelihoods and nutrition.
- Global Milk Day was commemorated by organising farm visits, seminars, school activities – plays, workshops, educational trips – concerts, marathons, family runs along with various other events.
- Many big and small organisations organised drives to donate milk to schools, food banks, giving out milk bars and holding nutrition conferences.