Mark McAfee of RAWMI at UVic September 10th 2014

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“The New Science of Farm-Fresh, Unprocessed Milk: Does It Still Constitute a Health Hazard?”

We are pleased to announce that Mark McAfee is giving a free public presentation at UVic on September 10th.  The details are: 

Location: Human and Social Development Building, Room HSD A240
Date & Time: Wednesday, Sept. 10th, 2014 7pm-8:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm

Description:  In 1988, unpasteurized milk was legally deemed to be a health hazard in British Columbia, a clause currently found under the “Public Health Act, Health Hazards Regulation.”  Potential penalties for anyone distributing it – farmer or consumer –  include fines of up to $3 million dollars or three years in jail, and this policy of prohibition has resulted in a flourishing and expanding “black market.”  In comparison, raw milk is legally available from both farms and retail stores in both Washington State and California, from licensed micro-dairies in Oregon, and from vending machines in several European nations.  Mark McAfee, spokesperson for the Raw Milk Institute in California, poses an alternative point of view on raw milk legalization, a proposal for legalization in BC, for discussion and debate.

The talk will include:

  •  Food safety standards
  •  Food safety protocols and practices on the farm
  •  Testing systems, protocols and results
  •  How to simplify raw milk safety to a very reliable and consistent science!! With data to prove it.
  •  History of raw milk
  •  Nutrition of raw milk
  •  Changes that occur in pasteurization and processing
  •  Data that flows from US and EU raw milk systems and practices

Speaker Biography:
Mark McAfee, spokesperson for the Raw Milk Institute (RAWMI) in California, is the founder and CEO of Organic Pastures Dairy in Fresno, California, which is on their 4th generation family farm and distributes raw dairy products in over 600 stores in California. Mark is internationally recognized as an expert in raw milk safety and production, having headed a team which developed and published the first international raw milk production and safety standards. He has spoken at Rutgers and Stanford University Medical Schools and has been an expert witness in legislative and judicial proceedings across America.

Sponsored by BC Herdshare Association and the University of Victoria.