GDP Bulletin: June 2019
GDP Publishes New Report on Dairy and Non-Communicable Diseases
GDP has released a new paper outlining how the global dairy sector contributes to the United Nation’s goal of reducing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by one-third globally by 2030.
- Global sustainable development is challenged by NCDs, which include cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic lung diseases. Approximately 70% of all deaths annually worldwide are attributable to NCDs.
- Poverty fuels NCDs. The socially disadvantaged tend to die sooner than those of means because of sub-optimal lifestyle choices and limited access to health services.
- Modifiable risk factors (tobacco, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, harmful use of alcohol) increase risk of NCDs.
- In addition to the well-documented health and nutrition benefits of dairy consumption across all ages, dairy development positively impacts numerous economic and social factors associated with reduced poverty.
- Sustainable food systems that integrate health, economic, societal and environmental solutions are integral to reducing NCD risk.