Raw milk seminar scheduled for Rutgers on Jan. 15
NEW BRUSWICK — Once again, organic agriculture, soils and New Jersey’s milk choice advocate, Dr. Joseph Heckman of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers has organized a raw milk seminar, to be held on the Cook campus on Jan. 15.
Mark McAfee, who spoke at a series of seminars on the issue in 2008 at Rutgers, will return to the Cook campus to speak at 2 p.m., on Jan. 15 at the Marine & Coastal Sciences Building’s Alampi Auditorium, 71 Dudley Road on the Cook campus.
McAfee was the first speaker in the original seminar series in 2008. He owns and operates Organic Pastures Dairy in California.
The title of his talk at that time was “Raw Milk: Mother Nature’s Inconvenient Truth,” Heckman said via e-mail.
McAfee’s Organic Pastures dairy is the largest producer and retailer of raw milk in North America.
This time, McAfee has updated his presentation with news of updates in safety procedures and is calling his presentation “Raw Milk: Twelve Years of Progress Beyond Mother Nature’s Inconvenient Truth.”
McAfee will report on the establishment, in 2011, of the Raw Milk Institute, Heckman said.
The group sets common standards for production of ultra-low risk raw milk.
RAWMI has since trained over 300 dairy farmers in North America in Food Safety Systems and Testing to manage raw milk risk.
McAfee will also report on new technologies that have emerged to permit rapid, inexpensive and accurate on-farm fresh milk testing.
As a result, raw milk markets have grown substantially and with confidence, Heckman said.
“Numerous scientific studies over the last decade have consistently found human health benefits associated with raw milk consumption, most notably protection from asthma and allergies,” Heckman wrote in an e-mail.
The seminar at Alampi Auditorium is free and open to the public. “Raw Milk: Twelve Years of Progress Beyond Mother Nature’s Inconvenient Truth” takes place from 2-4 p.m. Wed. Jan. 15.
Seminar attendees will be treated to organic refreshments at the conclusion of McAfee’s talk and question-and-answer session.
For further information, e-mail Dr. Joe Heckman at email@example.com or call 848-932-6333.
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