flag de flag gb flag fr
Legal notice     European Milk Board ASBL | Rue de la Loi 155 | B-1040 Bruxelles

News Details

PDF-Icon Icon-Print

14.06.2017

European Fair Milk Conference puts innovative projects by milk producers in the spotlight

The Golden Faironika was awarded to a number of winners – in the “Policymaker” category, this year’s winners were former French Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll and Lower Saxony’s Agriculture Minister Christian Meyer

(Würzburg/Brussels, 14.06.2017) “Let us have justice, and then we shall have enough liberty!” This quote by Joseph Joubert seems to have been tailor-made for the five farmers who presented their fair milk projects today. “In the beginning, the idea was just to find a way to ensure a fair income for us dairy farmers,” said Michael Braun of Fair Milk Germany, describing the early steps taken by his German colleagues. “Today, the Fair Milk brand is available in six countries and each carton sold represents a step toward self-determination for us dairy farmers.”

This fourth European Fair Milk Conference was held under the auspices of Bavaria’s Minister President Horst Seehofer and was organised in Würzburg by Fair Milk Germany and the European Milk Board.

Fair Milk Conference honours contributions to sustainable agriculture

This year, the “Golden Faironika”, which is awarded for outstanding efforts in the dairy sector, was given in the “Policymaker” category to former French Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll. In his introduction, President of the European Milk Board Romuald Schaber praised the former minister for his commitment: “Minister Le Foll understood that to reach acceptable milk prices, we have to address milk volumes! Regardless of any resistance, he vehemently pushed for his proposal for volume reduction at European level.”

A platform of Spanish organisations – which includes milk producer association OPL (Organización de Productores de Leche) – was honoured for their impressive “white march” protest, where hundreds of people took to the streets in the summer of 2015 to demand fair milk prices. The Golden Faironika in the “Farmer” category was awarded to French dairy farmer Boris Gondouin, who “is committed and invests fervent energy in fighting for fair conditions for dairy farmers.”

Host country Germany felicitated Lower Saxony’s Agriculture Minister Christian Meyer, the organisation Misereor and German farmer Kirsten Wosnitza with the 2017 Golden Faironika.

Fair Milk in six European countries

Founded by dairy farmers in Austria in 2006, the Fair Milk Project now covers six EU countries. A range of Fair Milk products are now available in stores in Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Italy and Austria.

http://www.diefairemilch.de/

 

Die Faire Milch in Germany:

“Fair milk with its strict quality criteria simply tastes good. The fair milk price contributes to creating a fairer dairy sector and allows us dairy farmers to continue to live off our work.”

 

 

Fairebel in Belgium:

“The cow goes ‘moo’ to say thank-you” – for the 8 million litres of fair milk that were sold in 2016. Our goal is for every resident of Belgium to drink our fair milk in the future.”

 

 

 

A faire Milch in Austria:

“Only if it says 'Guat.Fair' is it filled with an assured future for our local farmers. Because our farmers receive an additional 10 cents for every litre of fair milk.”

 

 

 

Fairefrance in France:

“Our milk producers have implemented their idea – The Fair Milk brand gives our farmers a permanent place in the food production chain as well as appropriate remuneration for their work.”

 

 

 

 

Il latte onesto in Italy:

“100% honest, good and fair. Our fair milk favours agriculture, the environment and rural development.”

 

 

 

D'Fair Mëllech in Luxembourg:

“Above all else, consumers want to trust the products they buy. Luxembourgers – from children to the Grand Duke – are fans of our fair milk products.”

 

 

Contact:

Michael Braun, Fair Milk Germany (DE): + 49 (0) 170 761 4043
Romuald Schaber, EMB President (DE): + 49 (0) 160 352 4703
Regina Reiterer, EMB Press officer (DE, EN, FR): +32 (0) 2808 1935


More News

06.12.2017

Successful start for Fair Milk in Switzerland

Dear media representative, The Fair Milk family is growing. We are happy to welcome a Swiss Fair Milk brand as the newest member of our international family. The dairy farmers from EMB member organisation BIG-M began selling Fair Milk on the weekend. Here is the statement from our Swiss colleagues about this fruitful...

23.11.2017

Prevent future dairy crises! Ensure long-term milk production!

Milk producers from all over Europe reiterate their demand for a legally-anchored, effective volume control mechanism to deal with crises

17.11.2017

That's right Mr. Macron: Milk prices must reflect production costs!

French, Belgian and German producers tour across Germany to reinforce the goal of cost coverage in the EU

17.11.2017

Newsletter November online!

The question of what path we should be taking has been taxing dairy farmers for a long time. Butter prices are higher than ever and butter is in short supply; and then, on the other hand, there are vast quantities of milk powder in the public intervention stocks that nobody wants. Read more

26.10.2017

Stripped to the bone - higher butter prices do not end misery in the dairy sector!

Demonstration: European farmers call on the European Commission to anchor voluntary production cuts in the CAP

16.10.2017

Current costs of milk production in Germany: 41 cents/kg

Costs still not covered despite lower production costs

10.10.2017

Stripped to the bone - higher butter prices do not end misery in the dairy sector

Invitation to a press conference and demonstration on 26.10.2017 in Brussels