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  • Busting milk myths shakes the Finns’ national identity

    Taru Lindblom, Vilja Lukkarinen and Sami Koponen This blog post explores the cultural role of dairy products and the Finns’ strong relationship with milk by looking at an empirical case of heated online debate sparked by an oat milk company Oatly’s campaign. The campaign was launched in late 2020 in Finland by sending a leaflet…

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  • Insights from UK Smart Dairy Consumer Experiments

    Walter Kiptoo Kiplagat and Annemie Maertens Between June and November 2023, the UK Smart Dairy project team ran a series of fascinating consumer experiments at the University of Sussex’s behavioral laboratory. Our mission: to delve into the minds of dairy consumers in the UK, tapping into their preferences, values, knowledge on smart dairy technologies, and…

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  • News from a conference session on the position of animal- and plant-based foods in food systems 

    Mari Niva, Iida Alasentie, Silvia Gaiani and Sami Koponen In Finland, the most active forum for researchers focusing on environmental issues from a social science perspective is the Finnish Society for Environmental Social Science (YHYS). One of the yearly activities of the society is the YHYS Colloquium, an international scientific meeting bringing together practitioners and…

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  • SmartDairy Midterm Project Meeting

    Julian Worley In October, the SmartDairy team convened in Bologna, Italy, to review the project’s progress, upcoming tasks, and future events. Hosted by the Italian research team, this meeting brought together representatives from all four country teams. The meeting began with introductions as it was the first time some researchers had met in person since…

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  • Climate Change Mitigation along the Food Supply Chain 

    Fabio Bartolini Dairy production is a significant contributor to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and there is an urgent need to reduce emissions from this sector. Identifying potential mitigation options and the trajectory of diary system transformation is at the top of policy and academic debates. It was discussed among the agricultural economist communities during…

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  • “Down on the Farm” – the UK Smart Dairy team head out to meet some “smart” dairy farmers.  

    Sara Hall* and Walter Kiptoo Kiplagat* In February 2023, the UK Smart Dairy team led a series of zoom interviews with eight what-we-termed ‘model farmers’, early adopters of climate smart technologies and practices. After these, the research team was invited to visit these dairy farms across the UK, from the West Country to the Lake…

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