The Ontario Agricultural College at the University of Guelph will be hosting a one-day symposium on science and policy questions around raw milk on Tuesday April 22, 2014. Academics, industry and government representatives are expected to attend.
According to the event web page: “The goal of the conference will be to engage in discussions on the need for a structured and transparent process, to ensure that scientific research and knowledge are used to enable effective policy decisions. We are engaging a wide spectrum of global experts, who will use current policies relating to raw and pasteurized milk as the exploratory case study.”
Among the nine presenters will be Durham area farmer and raw milk advocate Michael Schmidt. Here’s Michael’s bio from the presenter page:
“Born in Germany in 1954, Michael Schmidt earned his Master’s degree in Agriculture. 1983 he moved to Canada to start a bio-dynamic farm in Ontario. He was instrumental in initiating national organic and bio-dynamic certification standards for Canada. He has an international reputation for his knowledge and stand on food rights, food security issues, the sustainable farm concept and consumer awareness in support of sustainable farming methods. He is a sought after speaker at international events on these topics. In 2011, he was the only Canadian speaker at the international conference on raw milk in Prague. He is in high demand as a knowledgeable and compelling speaker lecturing on sustainable farming, animal husbandry, food rights and civil rights and on the social-political importance of a healthy agricultural infrastructure at universities and conferences in Canada and abroad. He was invited in 1994 to speak in China and Hong Kong and was instrumental in establishing an organic research farm with the University of South West China in Guandong. In 2008, he was the only Canadian testifying in front of the California State Senate Committee on the issue of food safety, food security and food rights. He has become an advisor for farms across Canada and the US on food rights issues and local food concepts, which he successfully developed and implemented in the last 25 years. Since 1990, he has been developing the cow-sharing concept in Ontario to enable the legal access of raw milk to consumers. He founded Cow Share Canada in 2010 in order to establish working standards, training and accreditation of farms for the safe production of raw milk for human consumption.”
Nadine Ijaz, who gave a presentation on raw milk to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control in 2013, will also be speaking at this event.