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Mark McAfee of RAWMI at UVic September 10th 2014

rawmi uvic talk 2

“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.


Mark McAfee of RAWMI visits BC and Ontario!

We have exciting news!   Mark McAfee, spokesperson for the Raw Milk Institute, will be visiting British Columbia and Ontario this September.

Updated schedule:  Mark will be giving a public talk in Victoria on the 9th (Update: Watch the video of his talk), meeting with farmers in Duncan the 10th,  speaking in Richmond on the 11th, likely heading to Kamloops on the 12th (events still being planned), touring a farm in Chilliwack on the 13th, and then he will fly on to Ontario for the 14th and 15th (details to come).

Full details yet to come.  If you would like to host a free public talk, a private meeting of local farmers, or have Mark out to visit your farm, please get in touch!  Important:  Farmers in the Okanagan and Interior of BC:  Please contact us for information about events being organized in Kamloops. Email contact@bcherdshare.org.

Some of the topics which Mark will be speaking on are:

  • “Grass to Glass”  milk best practices on the farm
  • Testing systems, protocols, and results
  • How to simplify fresh milk safety to a very reliable and consistent science – with data to prove it
  • History of farm-fresh milk
  • Nutrition of farm-fresh milk
  • What RAWMI can do for farmers
  • Changes that occur in pasteurization and processing
  • What American and European farm-fresh milk systems and practices show us
  • and, answering all your questions.

About Mark McAfee, CEO and Founder of Organic Pastures Dairy and Spokesperson for the Raw Milk Institute: 
Founder of Organic Pastures Dairy, Mark is internationally recognized as an expert in raw milk safety and production. He has spoken in more than 25 states and three countries on the subject. In 2000, Mark brought together the team and systems that founded OPDC and then in the last 14 years grew the CA based company to include 65 employees, 24 delivery trucks, more than 600 retail stores, 15 farmers markets and 30 buyers clubs. Mark founded the Raw Milk Institute (RAWMI) in 2011, to teach, research and create low risk raw milk production systems and practices for the humanitarian benefit of the emerging raw milk markets. In addition, he taught paramedic medicine at a local County Health Department and worked for sixteen years as an EMS paramedic responding to more than 15,000 calls. Mark served on a STAR rescue team and airborne EMS services, while also serving as marketing director and operations manager for a $30 million dollar EMS company. He is pre-med trained, and is an experienced medical educator. Mark started flying at 15 and is an active clinic mission pilot for LIGA, “the flying doctors”. Mark flies all over California and the western USA meeting raw milk customers for much requested free “Share the Secret” presentations.


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