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Northeast Raw Milk Symposium
Fundraiser for NOFA/Massachusetts Raw Milk Network
Events to feature Sally Fallon Morell and Pete Kennedy
2010 Northeast Raw Milk Symposium
Friday, August 13, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
UMass Campus, Amherst, Massachusetts
Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union
Open to the public, admission $20 for NOFA members, $25 for non-members
Register online at www.nofasummerconference.org
Demand for farm-fresh, unpasteurized milk has grown dramatically in recent years, as has the level of crackdowns on farmers' rights to sell it, and consumers' rights to purchase it. Laws are inconsistently implemented and enforced, false public safety claims are manipulated to scare people, and efforts are made to marginalize consumers who seek out raw milk. Yet the virtues of raw milk continue to be extolled by those who drink it, evidence of its health benefits is mounting, and the public outcry to demand that our food freedom be protected is growing by the day.
The 2010 Northeast Raw Milk Symposium will be an opportunity for raw milk farmers, consumers and advocates to come together to learn and discuss the issues around access to unpasteurized milk, and to strategize about how to work together to defend and expand our rights. The Symposium will feature talks and opportunities for dialogue with two of the leading voices in the field of raw milk, Sally Fallon Morell and Pete Kennedy. Both have written and spoken extensively about raw milk issues around the United States and internationally.
Sally Fallon Morell, MA, will talk about the health issues around raw milk. Sally is the president of The Weston A. Price Foundation and founder of A Campaign for Real Milk (www.realmilk.com). She is the author of Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats (with Mary G. Enig, PhD), a well-researched, thought-provoking guide to traditional foods. Sally is also a journalist, chef, nutrition researcher, homemaker, and community activist. Her four healthy children were raised on whole foods including butter, cream, eggs and meat.
Peter Kennedy, Esq. will talk about legal and rights issues around raw milk. Pete is president of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, an organization devoted to defending the rights of farmers to sell what they produce, and of consumers to have access to those products. He is also an attorney and works primarily on the right of farmers to distribute raw milk and raw milk products direct to consumers. He has represented or assisted in the representation of dairy farmers facing possible state enforcement action in Florida, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. He has helped farmers get started in the business of distributing raw milk and raw milk products in many other states. He is currently working with others to challenge the federal ban on the interstate shipment of raw milk for human consumption.
The Symposium will also feature a Panel Discussion of raw milk farmers and advocates from around the region, which will offer an opportunity for participants to hear about specific issues around access to raw milk in the Northeast. This discussion will give attendees a chance to brainstorm ideas for how to work together to share resources and ideas aimed and broadening and preserving access to raw milk.
To Benefit the NOFA/Massachusetts Raw Milk Network
Thursday, August 12, 6:30 P.M.
Cook Farm, 1 East Hadley Rd., Hadley, MA
Join us at this raw milk dairy in Hadley for a gathering of local raw milk farmers, consumers and supporters. Enjoy a local cheese tasting, local foods and a cash ice cream bar. Support the NOFA/Massachusetts Raw Milk Network, and hear from our special guests about the raw milk movement's progress around the country.
Sally Fallon Morell, President of The Weston A. Price Foundation and founder of A Campaign for Real Milk
Pete Kennedy, President of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
Contact Winton Pitcoff at [email protected] for more information, or register by sending a check to NOFA/Massachusetts Raw Milk Network, 27 South Union St., Plainfield, MA 01070.
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