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Since its beginnings more than 20 years ago, Slow Food has been working to defend raw milk. Eight editions of Cheese, the biennial event dedicated to ‘milk in all its shapes and forms' (not only cheese itself, but also butter, milk, yogurt, ice-cream...) have turned the public's attention to important issues such as the legal battles facing raw milk cheese producers and the taste qualities of their products. The event gathers hundreds of the world's very best cheeses and their producers, as well as a host of experts, cheesemongers and cooks.

In 2001, Slow Food officially launched a campaign to protect cheese made from raw milk, gathering over 20,000 signatures in support of the Slow Food Manifesto in Defense of Raw Milk cheese. The manifesto was drawn up to protect the rights of cheesemakers in countries where overzealous hygiene laws forbid or jeopardize the production of raw milk cheese. Gradually, the success of the campaign is restoring confidence and dignity to cheese producers around the world.

All Slow Food's Presidia cheeses are made from raw milk, and, especially in the USA, Ireland, Great Britain and Australia where regulations are very strict or prohibit raw milk completely, Slow Food is taking a stand to support the right of producers to make them.

 

Read the story of raw milk through a forest metaphor 
by Piero Sardo, President of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity.

 

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Cheese Is Made From Milk!
Cheese Is Made From Milk!
07/13/2015
Slow Food launches a petition to say NO to milk powder   "Cheese is made from milk! Sign by the end of July to say NO to the use...
 
Dairy Production Between the Tatra and the Baltic Sea
Dairy Production Between the Tatra and the Baltic Sea
07/02/2015
Poland and the production of raw milk cheeses. What are the opportunities and problems?   When you think about Poland and cheese,...
 
Slow Food on Powdered Milk in Cheese: Italian Ban Must Be Kept, and Extended to Other EU Countries
Slow Food on Powdered Milk in Cheese: Italian Ban Must Be Kept, and Extended to Other EU Countries
06/29/2015
The European Commission has sent an official letter to Italy asking for it to abolish the national law banning the use of "milk...
 
Bitto's Victory
Bitto's Victory
11/12/2014
The producers of Lombardy’s historic Slow Food Presidium cheese have won their 20-year battle to protect an extraordinary...
 

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