International Raw Milk Symposium 2015 to be held at Wise Traditions Conference in Anaheim

Raw Milk Advocates Focus on Health Benefits and Safety Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 26, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As more Americans seek to make their lives greener, the demand for farm fresh, unprocessed and unpackaged foods is growing. Raw milk advocates will discuss health benefits and safety practices at the International Raw Milk Symposium in Anaheim, California, on Monday, November 16.

Consumption of raw milk is increasing by 25 percent every year, according to the Weston A. Price Foundation, as consumers discover the superior taste and digestibility of the unprocessed product. Raw milk is becoming more available as a number of states liberalize laws regulating raw milk sales. Raw milk is available for retail sales in ten states, and at the farm through cow-share agreements or as pet food, in another thirty.

The Raw Milk Symposium will take place on the last day of the International Wise Traditions Conference, a widely attended annual nutrition education conference that educates the public on the benefits of wholesome, traditional foods. The Raw Milk Symposium will feature dynamic lectures focusing on the health benefits and safety of raw milk. Headline speakers include:

Mark McAfee: "Behind the Scenes: What's Really Happening with Raw Milk in the USA?" (November 16, 10:45am-12:00pm PT)
Mark McAfee is the CEO and founder of Organic Pastures Dairy Company, which produces grass-fed organic raw milk for California consumers and now delivers to more than 650 retail stores. He will give the inside scoop on what is really happening behind the closed doors for raw milk across the nation.

Sally Fallon Morell: "Why Raw Milk?" (November 16, 9:15-10:30am PT)
Sally Fallon Morell is the founding president of the Weston A. Price Foundation and founder of A Campaign for Real Milk. She will review 100 years of fresh milk research, which reveals how this vital food benefits our bones, teeth, immune system, respiratory health, reproduction, growth, detoxification and even mental health.

Peg Coleman: "Risk Beyond Numbers: Understanding Data, Gaps and Assumptions Bridging Them" (November 16, 1:15-2:30pm PT)
Peg Coleman is a senior medical microbiologist and risk analyst who will walk the audience through an exercise in risk assessment for consumers of certified raw milk and pasteurized milk.

Charlotte Smith: "Building, managing, marketing & sustaining a raw milk micro-dairy" (2:45-4:00pm PT)
Charlotte Smith's Champoeg Creamery in Oregon is one of the first in the nation to be a Raw Milk Institute-listed farm, which signifies her stellar safety practices as a raw milk producer.

The Raw Milk Symposium will be live-streamed. Health officials, agriculture officials and FDA officials are invited and encouraged to watch the live-stream, which will be available at

For more information, please visit, the conference website.

The Weston A. Price Foundation is a Washington, DC-based nutrition education 501(c)(3) with the mission of disseminating science-based information on diet and health. WAPF publishes a quarterly journal for its 16,000 members, supports 600 local chapters worldwide and hosts a yearly international conference. Contact at (202) 363-4394,,

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