The State of Raw Milk @ Cheese 2017 The most important international gathering on raw-milk cheese is taking place in Bra, Italy

14 Sep 2017 | English

The meeting on Friday September 15, at 2.30 pm, will be moderated by Piero Sardo, the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity president, and will be opened by the president of Slow Food, Carlo Petrini.

During the meeting we’ll be assessing the current situation: At what stage of the battle are we? What criticism and discrimination is raw milk still subject to? Will natural cheeses and animal welfare be the great challenges of the future? How can we relaunch the movement for raw-milk cheeses?

The goal will be to launch an international coordinating group that can take forward the fight for raw milk around the world. We will hear the experiences and reflections of producers and experts from 15 countries across five continents who have chosen to swim against the tide.

They include:

Kris Lloyd, Woodside Cheese Wrights producer, Australia

Débora de Carvalho Pereira, activist, Brazil

Kent Ruiz, cheese producer at Vista Hermosa, Guanabacoa, Cuba

Remedios Carrasco and Paul Thomas, FACE network (EU)

Jean Bernard Maitia, Basque Pyrenees Mountain Cheeses Presidium producer, France

Elizabeth Bradley, Irish Raw Milk Cheeses Presidium producer, Ireland

Paolo Ciapparelli, Historic Rebel Cheese Presidium producers’ coordinator, Maria Procopio, producer, and Aldo Grasselli, president of SIVEM – Italian Veterinary Association, Italy

Pascale Baudonnel, raw milk activist and Sognefjord Artisanal Geitost Presidium promoter, Norway

Brian Dick, South African Raw Milk Cheeses Presidium coordinator, South Africa

Jon Andri Zogg, activist, Sweden

Guvener Isik, Slow Cheese Bodrum, Turkey

Bronwen Percival, Neals’ Yard Dairy buyer and co-founder of and London Gastronomy Seminars, UK

Carlos Yescas, Oldways Cheese Coalition, and other producers from the American Raw Milk Cheeses Presidium, USA

The meeting will be translated into English and French.

Cheese 2017 has been made possible thanks to the commitment of businesses that believe in the values and objectives of the event, including the Official Partners: Cassa di Risparmio di Bra, Egea, Lurisia, Parmigiano Reggiano, Pastificio Di Martino, Quality Beer Academy and Velier. Official Sparkling Wine: Consorzio Alta Langa.

The 11th edition of Cheese, the biennial event dedicated to all things dairy that has led to the creation of an international network of cheesemakers and artisans, will be held from September 15 to 18, 2017, in Bra, Piedmont, Italy.

For more information:

Slow Food International Press Office

[email protected][email protected], +39 0172 419 645

Twitter: @SlowFoodPress

City of Bra

Elena Martini and Erica Asselle, +39 0172 438278, [email protected]


Slow Food is a global grassroots organization that envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet. Slow Food is an extensive organization formed of over 1,500 local chapters and 2,400 food communities worldwide, who play a guiding role for the whole movement which every year involves millions of people. Through projects like the Ark of Taste, the Presidia and the Gardens in Africa and with the mobilization of the Terra Madre network, Slow Food is protecting the food and agricultural heritage of the whole world and promoting farming and food production that respects the environment, human health and the diversity of local cultures.



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