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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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  • “Dairy is a big power group in Finland” – Experiences from the Finnish Stakeholder Workshop

    Iida Alasentie and Silvia Gaiani The Finnish SmartDairy team with the lead of Ruralia Institute organised a Stakeholder Workshop for the Finnish dairy stakeholders on 8th of March 2023. Many of the participants were experts in research and development but also several dairy company representatives and advisors of food and dairy companies took part in…

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  • “My relationship with cheese is close and warm”: What does ‘downshifting’ of milk mean for consumers?

    Mari Niva and Minna Autio In Western countries, the discourses on dairy production and consumption have historically included a variety of political, economic, nutritional, public health, and risk related concerns. In contemporary societies, dairy products are still loaded with multiple and contrasting expectations and cultural meanings. Depending on the perspective, dairy products can be seen…

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  • How Climate Smart is UK Dairying?

    Zoe Barker Project Partners in the UK have been working with a wide range of dairy industry stakeholders to understand how the industry is innovating to achieve climate change objectives and identify innovations that can be adopted to reduce the carbon footprint of the industry. They have also been discussing these innovations with consumers to…

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  • Climate-smart dairy systems: is the innovation level enough?  

    Greta Winkler The large share of emissions from the dairy producing segment of the agri-food sector have been a known problem for a long time, and several innovation strategies have been put in place to mitigate the climate impact of these products.  However, both COIVD-19 pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have revealed the fragility…

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  • Living Labs – what does that actually mean?

    Joseph McDonagh One element of the SmartDairy project which will be carried out by the team in Ireland, is the use of Living Labs to study the potential of voluntary carbon markets. Observing how sustainability measures are implemented and carbon emissions measured on working farms, will give a good insight into the potential for carbon…

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