Free Range Dairy Network Conference
We’re both excited and nervous to be holding our first Free Range Dairy Network Conference. Since we set up the CIC in July 2014 we’ve seen the interest in good food produced by sustainable means soar. From food waste to food provenance, people want to know where their food comes from and the impact their food choices are having on the planet. For many years, pictures of cows in fields related to the milk in the bottles but that changed when farmers where encouraged to adopt more American style practices and go intensive. Then the pictures became more of a marketing ploy, rather than a true indication of the provenance of that milk. People don’t like to think they’re being lied to by green claims, whether it’s organic, grass fed or free range. We want to show that although we don’t have all the answers, we have a vision of what we think free range milk should look like and we will keep pushing for the 180 days and nights as the benchmark for free range milk.
The speakers at our conference include Professor Michael Lee (Head of Site, Rothamstead Research, North Wyke) who is also part of the Global Farm Platform. This looks at food security from sustainable methods and Professor Lee is a big advocate of utilising natural resources to produce food. He has been a long time supporter of Free Range Dairy Network. We also have Daniel Nowland from the Jamie Oliver Group to talk about price and value when it comes to food. As well as our free range dairy farmers and others we’ve worked with talking about their experience with the Network.
We’re still fairly young as an organisation, but we have ambitious plans and by collaborating with others, together we can promote a joined up approach to present and future food and farming challenges.
Please book your tickets here by March 1st.