About World Milk Day
World Milk Day is celebrated across the world on June 1st each year since 2001.
This day was established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN (United Nations) to help people recognize the importance of milk as a global food.
The day is celebrated to raise awareness regarding the importance of the dairy sector and the activities related to it. June 1st was chosen as the date because many countries were already celebrating milk day during that time of year.
India is the largest producer of milk followed by the US, China, Pakistan and Brazil. The country accounts for 22% of global milk production.
For children, a 250 ml glass of milk, can provide 48% of their dietary protein requirement, 9% of calories and key micro-nutrients like calcium, magnesium, selenium and B vitamins.
In 1908, then US President Theodore Roosevelt’s Surgeon General released a 600-page report that “attributed most childhood deaths to impure milk and argued that pasteurization was the best way to address the ongoing public health crisis”. Louis Pasteur invented pasteurization, making milk a safe drink for everyone.
While milk rich in nutrients, vitamins and calcium, there are certain vitamins that are not present in milk. Vitamin C for example cannot be found in milk. Vitamin C is mostly found in citrus fruits. However, milk is rich in Vitamin A, B12, Calcium and thiamin, riboflavin. Vitamin A contributes toward the good vision, immune health and normal growth and development of body tissues.