3rd Annual International Raw Milk Symposium to Highlight Choice for Producer and Consumer

April 11, 2011

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The explosive increase in raw milk consumption—according to CDC statistics, at least ten million Americans now consume raw milk—has created innovative partnerships between consumers and their farmers. By accepting responsibility in their food choices, Americans are paving the way to the next phase of the US local food movement: partnership with producers to ensure we a way of providing raw milk and other healthy foods that our families require for good health.

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. 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. Farmers and consumers are especially invited to learn 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 include:

Ted Beals, M.S., M.D. – He is a retired pathologist with a special interest in the relationship of raw milk to the specific facts surrounding 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 a 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 typically recommended low fat diet.

During the past year, in the name of “food safety” 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.

Minnesota residents are willing to stand with their farmers and even take on more responsibility to ensure their farms’ survival.

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. To register by phone, call 703-208-3276.

For more information about the event or sponsorship and exhibit opportunities, please contact, Symposium Coordinator, Christie Boyd.  Her phone number is 513-407-8899 and email is: admin@farmtoconsumerfoundation.org.

The Farm-to-Consumer Foundation through education and charitable relief, supports farmers engaged in sustainable farm stewardship and promotes consumer access to local, nutrient dense food. To learn more about the Farm-to-Consumer Foundation, or to make a donation, visit their website, http://farmtoconsumerfoundation.org. The phone number is: 513-407-8899. 

Related Links:

  • Raw Milk Symposium Official Website: http://www.farmtoconsumerfoundation.org/rawmilksymposium/index.htm
  • Exhibitor information: http://www.farmtoconsumerfoundation.org/rawmilksymposium/exhibits.htm
  • Spread the Word (Downloadable Flyer, Web Ads): http://www.farmtoconsumerfoundation.org/rawmilksymposium/flyer/index.htm

Kimberly Hartke
The Weston A. Price Foundation
Cell: 703-675-5557

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