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Risks of our Current Food Producing Ecosystem:
What We Don't Know Can Hurt Us....Economic & Pathogenetic Risks of our Current Food Producing Ecosystems
Extraction of minerals known as production agriculture has led to nutrient and immune system deficiencies in our soil, forage, food and animals. Coupled with genetics to survive without these essential minerals creates a pathogenetic presence designed to balance the system.
Economics are imbalanced as well when trying to create nutrient density within the current soil system. We will begin the discussion of how a balanced system lessens the pathogenetic risk and fosters economic sustainability.
Tim Wightman President, Farm-to-Consumer Foundation
Tim is a founder and board member of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and its education and charitable arm, the Farm-to-Consumer Foundation. He is the author of the Raw Milk Handbook, a handy resource guide for farmers interested in producing quality raw milk, and who wish to implement testing and safety standards. First published in 2008, the handbook is already in use in thousands of small dairies worldwide.
Tim’s dedication to serving the raw milk consumer, has led to a revival of small farm dairying in rural America and around the world. Tim is best known for pioneering one of the earliest herd sharing programs in the U.S to help his customers legally obtain raw dairy products. Like many other groundbreakers, Tim has had his fair share of challenges with government regulators. He has actively worked with state legislators to write more sustainable farm “friendly” laws. He is an instructor in Cow-Share College & Goat Share University where he now trains and consults with small farmers on quality food production, food safety, herd management and direct marketing to consumers.
A lifelong farmer, Tim is on the forefront of our nation’s transition back to a local farm economy. Over the last two decades, Tim has launched CSA’s, organic cooperatives, farmers’ markets, and was the owner operator of a major organic farm & store, bakery and restaurant that featured locally produced foods.
In 2003, Wightman was profiled on the Wall Street Journal’s front page. His other media credits include numerous national publications: Acres USA, Agri-View, Country Today, Milkweed. He has also been interviewed by many daily newspapers including, The Washington Post, Detroit Press, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and the Duluth News Tribune. His radio appearances include Wisconsin Public Radio, Organic Today show in Los Angeles.
Tim now lives in Western Ohio with his daughter Anastasia and works on National Local Food Policy and Sustainable Agriculture issues.