According to Centers for Disease Control statistics, at least ten million Americans now consume raw milk. This explosive increase in raw dairy demand has created innovative partnerships between consumers and their farmers.
The good news is that Americans are accepting more and more responsibility for their food choices. This has led to the next phase of the US local food movement according to the Farm-to-Consumer Foundation: a partnership with producers to ensure a way of providing raw milk and other foods to consumers demanding it for health reasons.
The Farm-to-Consumer Foundation, and the Foundation for Consumer Free Choice will co-host the Third Annual Raw Milk Symposium: Producer-Consumer-Choice in Bloomington, Minnesota on May 7. The Farm-to-Consumer Foundation supports farmers engaged in sustainable farm stewardship and promotes consumer access to local, nutrient dense food.
Organizers are expecting farmers and consumers who are interested in learning more about the safety and health benefits of raw milk as well as the critical relationship between producers and consumers.
Featured speakers at the event will include:
Ted Beals, M.S., M.D. – He is a retired pathologist with a special interest in raw milk and its safety.
Sally Fallon Morell, M.A. – Author of the best-selling cookbook, Nourishing Traditions and President of the Weston A. Price Foundation.
David Gumpert – Author, journalist and reporter, and host of the on-line journal, The Complete Patient. His most recent book is The Raw Milk Revolution.
Sylvia Onusic, Ph.D. – A nutritionist and writer/journalist in the areas of traditional and whole foods and public health, with particular knowledge of the European perspective.
Michael Schmidt – Trained in biodynamic farming in Germany, he moved to his farm in Canada in 1983 where he won a monumental court decision in 2009 for raw milk access.
Catherine Shanahan, M.D. – Author of the books Deep Nutrition and Food Rules, she is a board certified family physician trained in biochemistry and genetics
Alan Watson – Author of two books, 21 Days to a Healthy Heart and Cereal Killer, which delineates the unintended consequences of the widely recommended low fat diet.
During the past year, in the name of “food safety” and at the urging of the Food and Drug Administration, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has targeted raw dairy farmers, making Minnesota a crucial state for the Farm-to-Consumer Foundation’s education and outreach efforts to the farming community, general public and government agencies.
The event will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2011, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Bloomington. It is open to the public.
Interested parties may register online or by telephone. Visit the http://RawMilkSymposium.org website to register. The cost is $40 to attend the Symposium (no meals included, 8 and under free). A lunch ticket is available for $25.00, and the Fundraiser Reception and Dinner is $100.00.
For more information about the event or sponsorship and exhibit opportunities, please contact, Symposium Coordinator, Christie Boyd. Her email is: [email protected]
To learn more about the Farm-to-Consumer Foundation, visit their website, http://farmtoconsumerfoundation.org.