World Milk Day

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World Milk Day is a day established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to recognise the importance of milk as a global food.[1] It has been observed on June 1 each year since 2001.[2] The day is intended to provide an opportunity to bring attention to activities that are connected with the dairy sector.[2]


World Milk Day was first designated by the FAO in 2001. June 1 was chosen as the date because many countries were already celebrating a milk day during that time of year.[2]

The Day provides an opportunity to focus attention on milk and to publicise activities connected with milk and the dairy industry. The fact that many countries choose to do this on the same day lends additional importance to individual national celebrations and shows that milk is a global food.

In 2016, World Milk Day was celebrated in over 40 countries. Activities included marathons and family runs, milking demonstrations and farm visits, school-based activities, concerts, conferences and seminars, competitions and a range of events focusing on promoting the value of milk and illustrating the important role played by the dairy industry in the national economy.[3]

Celebrations will happen again on June 1, 2018 and 2019 with a special campaign carried out by the Global Dairy Platform called “Raise a Glass” and a campaign hashtag: #WorldMilkDay.


Due to concerns about unfounded health claims of dairy, as well as recognition for the animal abuse in the dairy industry, a "World Plant Milk Day" has been established on August 22.[4]

The movement is promoted by the use of the #WorldPlantMilkDay hashtag.


  1. ^ "Today is World Milk Day". Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "World Milk Day: 1 June 2015". Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "World Milk Day". Food and Agriculture Organisation. April 13, 2017. 
  4. ^ "World Plant Milk Day - 22nd August 2017 - Celebrating the huge selection of plant based milks". Retrieved 2017-08-20. 

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