Apr 08, 2016
The report is titled Carbon Footprints Due to Milk Formula: A study from selected countries of the Asia-Pacific region.
New Delhi: Climate change due to rising concentrations of greenhouse gases in the environment affects human health in many ways and also acts as a threat multiplier that interacts both directly and indirectly with variables, such as disease, food production, food security, food safety and poverty. Optimal breastfeeding not only provides optimal nutrition, it is an effective public health intervention to enhance child survival, nutrition and development.
In spite of the great advantages of breastfeeding, use of milk formula is increasing rapidly, particularly in the Asia-Pacific countries, driven by the weak response of governments to regulate aggressive marketing of commercial baby foods, and the failure of labour market policy and workplaces to address the human rights of women. Industrially produced milk formulas generate Green House Gases, contributing to the ever deteriorating climate conditions.
The report has been produced by the International Baby FoodActionNetwork (IBFAN)-Asia and the Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI) with the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation(Norad).