Arla Foods has partnered with EAT to increase focus on our health strategy of making it easier for people around the world to live healthy lives. EAT believe that providing the growing population with a nutritious diet within safe environmental limits is one of the greatest challenges today. And that the issues facing food, health and sustainability can only be addressed through collaboration between science, business and politics.
Our world population is growing at an exponential rate. From almost seven billion people today to over nine billion people in 2050. We need to think smarter in order to meet the nutrition demands of our planet in a healthy, sustainable way. By partnering with EAT and the EAT network of researchers, politicians and organisations, Arla has a direct link to the knowledge and findings of the brightest minds in the world. Arla can leverage this knowledge bank to further the commitment to food, health and sustainability.
Sustainability is much more than just a buzzword at Arla. We’re committed to reducing the impact of our production while increasing the nutritional values of all of our products. For example, Arla farmers aim to reduce the climate impact per kilo of milk leaving the farm by 30% by 2020 (compared to 1990) and only sustainable soy is used in cow feed.
And early last year, Arla introduced a new greener milk carton made of renewable raw materials, such as forest fiber and plastic from renewable sources, which has 20% lower greenhouse gas emissions than traditional cartons leading to savings of 336 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. The aim is to reduce the cooperative's total greenhouse gas emissions by one quarter in 2020, compared to 2005. So far, Arla has reduced its total climate impact by 16% – despite a significant increase in production.
By partnering with EAT, we can exponentially increase the amount of impact our initiatives have on society around us by being an integral part of a common platform that addresses our global health challenges and issues head-on. Bringing Arla’s vision of good food habits to our customers, partners and those in need of sustainable sustenance.
The best way to start the day, is eating a solid healthy breakfast. Go for minimally processed foods such as whole grains, nuts and seeds, fresh fruits and berries, and animal proteins such as eggs and dairy in moderation, free range and organic if available. A happy meal for people and planet!
Gunhild Stordalen, President The Eat Foundation