Support Family Farmers and Get Healthy with Raw Milk
Family-scale dairy farms feeding free-roaming cows on healthy grass face tough competition from concentrated animal feeding operations. The densely penned cows at CAFOs are sickened from being fed the abundance of corn grown with massive government subsidies, posing a very real threat to human health. Cow droppings make good fertilizer on small farms, but at CAFOs the immense amount of waste is a toxic threat to the health of the environment.
One way to support the farmers we need for good health and a clean environment is to make sure they are allowed to sell raw milk to consumers who want to purchase it. You may have already enjoyed the rich flavor of an artisanal cheese crafted with raw milk from a sustainable producer. Many medical professionals and nutritionists have indicated that raw milk from grass-fed cows is more nutrient dense than conventionally produced milk.
Unfortunately, there are those in positions of power who want to restrict consumer access to raw milk in the name of “public and food safety”. Making sure consumer access is protected will be of vital concern at the 2nd Annual Raw Milk Symposium coming up in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday, April 10th.
Wisconsin was carefully selected as the site of this year’s symposium because of the recent spate of government actions taken against Wisconsin raw dairy producers and their customers. Wisconsin, as the second largest dairy state in the union and the state with the most small dairies, is crucial for raw milk activists and defenders against the erosion of consumer rights.
The conference will begin with the personal stories of Wisconsin producers, Wayne and Kay Craig and raw milk consumer activist, Emily Matthews. Sally Fallon Morell and Dr. Ted Beals will delve into the science of raw milk nutrients, microflora and benefits. Then, the role of raw milk from an international perspective will be explored with speakers from Germany and Slovenia.
German biodynamic academic researcher Prof. Dr. Ton Baars will describe his research exploring unique raw milk healing properties and Syliva Onusic, Ph.D. will illustrate what enlightened leadership in other countries are embracing on behalf of their citizen’s health. The lawyer defending Wisconsin farmers, Elizabeth Rich, Esq., will discuss the legal distinction between the public good and the private right which will set the stage for the grand finale.
Michael Schmidt, in a rare public appearance (outside of the Canadian courtrooms), will kick off the highlight of the symposium and introduce “Joining in the Battle for Food Rights” panel discussion, moderated by a champion of raw milk rights, blogger David Gumpert.
Raw milk producers and their consumers, grass based farmers fed up with the low commodity milk prices looking for alternatives, folks that have seen healthier days, Future Farmers of America wanting to check out the buzz about direct sales of raw milk, constitutional scholars and lawyers looking for work that makes a difference, mothers and fathers looking for answers to their children’s chronic health and obesity problems, college students cutting classes and stumbling into some life changing information, new couples considering having a family, doctors and dentists interested in pragmatic prevention based solutions, teachers and parents concerned with sugared milk in school lunches and you!
To register go to: 2nd Annual Raw Milk Symposium