Raw Milk Symposium 2016, Guelph

Building Bridges for a Canadian Raw Milk Policy

The 2016 Raw Milk Symposium will take place Saturday January 30, 2016, 1-4:30pm, at the University of Guelph, in the Rozanski Hall Room 103. Admission will be $20 at the door.

Join us for an intriguing afternoon of presentation and discussion with Mark McAffee, Nadine Iljaz, Karen Selick and Blaine McAfee to find out what you want to look for when obtaining Raw Milk. Find out more about safe raw milk production Standards and the current Canadian and International laws that surround it. This is a suitable conversation for producers, scientists. Politicians and consumers alike.

There will also be one last chance to sign the Declaration of Food Rights at the Symposium before it is sent off to Kathleen Wynne.

Mark is the founder and CEO of McAfee Farms and Organic Pastures Dairy Company. http://www.organicpastures.com/

He is pre-med trained, a retired Paramedic and a Health Department medical educator. Mark has lectured on Raw Milk production, food safety, and nutrition at Stanford Medical School, Rutgers University, 30 different states and internationally.

Mark is certified in HACCP management from Chapman University and has developed and implemented award winning Food Safety Plans including Raw Milk Risk Analysis & Management Plans (“RAMP”) and the 1997 Odwalla Apple Juice “Field HACCP”.

Nadine Iljaz MSc PhD is a health services and policy researcher, currently completing a PhD at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto. She is also a qualified medical herbalist with 15 years clinical and teaching experience at integrative healthcare clinics and postsecondary colleges.

Nadine’s research related to raw milk science and policy has been published in the Health Law Review, presented at various academic conferences, as well as Public Health Ontario and the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control.

Blaine McAfee has been married to her husband Mark for 34 years. Since 1999, Blaine and Mark, along with their two children own and operate Organic Pastures Dairy. The dairy produces nutritious raw dairy products for the very happy people of California as provided by 700 retail stores that carry the organic brand. OPDC is now ranked as the number 4 brand of organic dairy products in the USA (SPINS data 2015).

Blaine received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 1991 and a Master’s of Science in Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Educator from Fresno State University. She taught nursing students at California State University Fresno and Fresno City College. In 2012, Blaine retired from nursing and education to dedicate her time in a role as Director of Herd Health at OPDC where she manages the organic and holistic management of the Fresno based 1100 cow organic dairy.

In her role as herd manager, she manages the OPDC Food Safety RAMP team with leading edge testing technologies, auditing and integrated teamwork. Blaine is a teacher and speaker at nutritional conferences with a passion for preventative medicine achieved through whole food nutrition, integrative complimentary medicine and gut health.

Blaine has been an active volunteer with LIGA Rotary International, Flying Doctors of Mercy for 25 years providing free medical care to the underserved in Mexico. Blaine is a founding member of the McAfee families fourth generation organic operations that now grow 500 acres of organic almonds.

Karen Selick has practiced law in various capacities since 1978. From 2010 to 2012, she represented Michael Schmidt in the first round of appeals in his raw milk case before Justice Tetley of the Ontario Court of Justice.

She argued before the court that Ontario’s law against selling or distributing raw milk violated the guarantees of liberty and security of the person contained in Canada’s Charter of Rights. Karen is also a writer who has been published in major newspapers such as the Globe and Mail and the National Post. She writes on issues of individual freedom.

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9 responses to “Raw Milk Symposium 2016, Guelph

  1. Tom Johnston

    “Raw Milk Production Standards”
    “Sign the Declaration of Food Rights”
    Do we have Food Rights so long as we conform to certain projected standards?
    Is the issue safety? Or rights?
    And then it goes on to say that the “Declaration of Food Rights” is sent off to Kathleen Wynne. What does she have to do with our Rights? Are we to gain rights from public policy makers? Is that why this symposium is of interest for the politicians?
    Are we begging the government not to erode our rights any further? What? Begging the government? If our rights are being eroded by the government, isn’t it the court that rules if that is so? And saying the courts aren’t working is generally, on the whole, a gross misconception.
    Why is the symposium of interest for the scientists? To assess how safe or dangerous it is? Why? For policy making? What if a scientist comes back and says it is dangerous? Do we then forgo our Food Rights?
    Safety and rights are not correlative. They are entirely distinct subject matters. By my right to liberty, I am free to assess the risk for myself and choose to engage in a dangerous activity. Not because it is safe, and not because the government permits me to do so.
    Everything says Michael is pushing (consciously or unconsciously, but probably the latter) for government approval/blessing/standards/policy, etc. The “Declaration of Food Rights” isn’t genuine. It exist as political fodder, just like the hunger strike, and the class action law suit. All are without substance/teeth. Just a bunch of hot air to be consumed by the raw milk crowd. It just cements his position as leader of some noble cause (whatever that might be). And whether it leads to hell (regulations) or not is irrelevant.
    Even the subtitle says “Building Bridges for a Canadian Raw Milk Policy”. Huh? Are we back to Policy, instead of Rights? What is it?
    I’m no longer confused about Michael’s agenda, even if he says he doesn’t have one… Are you?
    If quotes attributed to Woodrow Wilson are to be believed, Michael might be just like him one day: “I’m a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly [enslaved the raw milk producers through regulations]” But at least the consumer (majority) is happy to have something, even if it is a mere privilege.

    • just a reader

      “Do we have Food Rights so long as we conform to certain projected standards?”

      According to an Ontario Court of Appeal ruling in 2014, interpreting the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, we have no food rights in Canada. Standards or no standards, there are none.

      This isn’t the U.S. We in Canada have to recognize Canadian law and move on from this “food right” debate unless we decide to begin lobbying to get current laws changed to recognize and enshrine food rights and remove food from government control. A good start would be repealing or amending the “marketing acts” in each province which control/regulate ALL food products from field to plate (e.g. Ontario’s Farm Products Marketing Act, BC’s Natural Products Marketing Act, Alberta’s Marketing of Agricultural Products Act, etc.)

      • Tom Johnston

        @ just a reader
        Of course we don’t have Food Rights. I was merely using Michael’s terms to put it into context. We have the right to choose, which is really just the right to liberty. That right to choose is not limited to food.
        Food Rights can also be construed as having the right to food. We don’t. Provisions for food is not a right. Right pertain to doing something, like choosing.
        So I don’t believe it out of place for the court to say we don’t have “Food Rights”, or that “Food Rights” are not part of the charter.
        So I’ll rephrase: Do we have the right to choose the foods we want to eat so long as we conform to some government prescribed standard?

    • Franky

      I always though these Symposiums were generally really only for entertainment purposes. Everybody going into it already has their mind made up. So it is a great opportunity to socialize with those of like mind, and collectively complain about the ridiculousness of the government. It that’s your thing, have at it. Fill your boots.

    • George

      “Safety and rights are not correlative. They are entirely distinct subject matters.”

      Pragmatically incorrect! They are judicially interwoven. The basic human right to choose is suspended by regulation based on current perception of public safety by regulators. (barring lobbyist influence)

      Education is one of the best tools we have to bring the fear factor under control.

      “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

      • Tom Johnston

        There is no disputing with those who deny first principles. I am not disputing you. For the record, I would highlight that Public policy does not take away from your human rights. But if you want to believe otherwise, no one is holding you back from being sincerely ignorant or conscientiously stupid about the order of things. Just because you haven’t figured it out yet doesn’t change the fact. Perhaps it would serve you to ask Michael for further clarity. He knows…
        Be well.

  2. Level Headed

    Ok Tom, after battling it out with comments on the other post (“Michael Schmidt’s Queen’s Park news conference video from Nov. 25th, 2015”), I think I am slowing getting a better understanding of where you are coming from. I read your comment above and this time I didn’t instinctively get my knickers in a knot (as I did last time, due in part to some of your pointy comments), and this time I noticed more clarity, so I listened more intently. I’m not sure I agree with you, but I think I am beginning to understand your angle on all this.
    In other words, my perspective has modified a bit and I don’t see you as Romulin anymore… rather, more like Klingon, so I’ll listen more intently and consider this again in the future.

  3. Funny comment about me being somehow associated with Amway and MLM. So far from what motivates me. I get no money from this educational outreach. All I get is the deep reward of knowing that dear Canadian friends can join a community of raw milk producers that provide reduced risk raw milk to consumers. That’s it! Even though we know that raw milk is not perfect and can have risks….we know now more than ever, that those risks can be managed and reduced dramatically. The upside is demonstrated by the 17 EU studies that show the benefits of raw milk for asthma, allergies, reduction of colds and ear infections. In the face of declining interest in processed milk….consumers love raw milk!!

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