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The Milk System

  • ACMI Federation Square, Flinders Street Melbourne Australia (map)

Dir. Andreas Pichler | Germany | 2017 | 94 mins

The Milk System brings us face-to-face with farmers, dairy owners, politicians, lobbyists, NGOs and scientists the world over – all of whom have a different view about the multi-billion dollar milk industry. While profit continues to be pursued at the expense of the environment, the animals, farmers and our own health, we are asked to challenge our role as consumers and consider our ethical stance on milk.

The Milk System challenges our incessant and questionable global pursuit of growth, highlights dubious trends in industrial food production, and forces us to consider our position on the future of agriculture output – and ultimately our health. 

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This film will be followed by a panel discussion. The panel will include:

  • Sophie Lamond - Fair Food Challenge

  • Tammi Jonas, Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance

  • Dr Les Sandles - How Now Dairy

  • Vicki Jones - Tarago Valley Organics

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The Milk System will screen with Australian/USA short film Bee-Sharp Honeybee (19 mins) by director Deacon Warner.

EFFA Community Storytelling Project short film by Young Storytellers Lucy Skelton and Seb Montemurro will also premiere at this screening.

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  Tammi Jonas Jonai Farms & Meatsmiths Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance   Former vegetarian academic Tammi Jonas is now the meatsmith at Jonai Farms, where she and her family raise pastured rare-breed pigs and cattle, transforming whole carcasses into a range of fresh cuts, smallgoods, charcuterie and salumi in their on-farm butcher’s shop.  Tammi is also the President of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA), working towards everyone’s right to nutritious and culturally-appropriate food grown and distributed in ethical and ecologically sound ways, and our right to collectively determine our own food and agriculture systems.   jonaifarms.com.au  & tammijonas.com

Tammi Jonas
Jonai Farms & Meatsmiths
Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance

Former vegetarian academic Tammi Jonas is now the meatsmith at Jonai Farms, where she and her family raise pastured rare-breed pigs and cattle, transforming whole carcasses into a range of fresh cuts, smallgoods, charcuterie and salumi in their on-farm butcher’s shop.

Tammi is also the President of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA), working towards everyone’s right to nutritious and culturally-appropriate food grown and distributed in ethical and ecologically sound ways, and our right to collectively determine our own food and agriculture systems.

jonaifarms.com.au & tammijonas.com

  Vicki Jones Tarago Valley Organics   Vicki Jones has been involved in dairy farming for 27 years. Disillusioned with the trajectory of the industry and its practices, she transitioned to an organic certification and more ethical farming model where, among other things, all of the male calves are raised. With the help of her daughters, Vicki has developed a model of farming that makes her love her job! Tarago Valley Organics is about respect for land, animals and people; low food miles, working with small-scale producers and providing access to the Tarago Valley Farm for local schools to teach skills beyond the classroom.

Vicki Jones
Tarago Valley Organics

Vicki Jones has been involved in dairy farming for 27 years. Disillusioned with the trajectory of the industry and its practices, she transitioned to an organic certification and more ethical farming model where, among other things, all of the male calves are raised. With the help of her daughters, Vicki has developed a model of farming that makes her love her job! Tarago Valley Organics is about respect for land, animals and people; low food miles, working with small-scale producers and providing access to the Tarago Valley Farm for local schools to teach skills beyond the classroom.

  Dr Les Sandles How Now Dairy   Dr Les was the equivalent of a shock jock in the dairy industry when he arrived on the scene. After completing his PhD in Dairy Nutrition and a stint at Cornell University, he found himself in a niche market. Coming from a third generation Dairy Farming family he discovered he was a natural at communicating the often complex science of dairying to the no nonsense farmers. He introduced ideas that turned the industry on its head and spent the next 15 years traveling the world, increasing the knowledge of Dairy Farmers, always with a focus on the welfare and wellbeing of the dairy cows. When he met his partner Cathy Palmer, a passionate animal rights advocate, a conversation started that became the creation of How Now Dairy. Sept 2016 saw the birth of Ethical Dairy Company, home to the producers of How Now Milk. www.hownowdairy.com.au

Dr Les Sandles
How Now Dairy

Dr Les was the equivalent of a shock jock in the dairy industry when he arrived on the scene. After completing his PhD in Dairy Nutrition and a stint at Cornell University, he found himself in a niche market. Coming from a third generation Dairy Farming family he discovered he was a natural at communicating the often complex science of dairying to the no nonsense farmers. He introduced ideas that turned the industry on its head and spent the next 15 years traveling the world, increasing the knowledge of Dairy Farmers, always with a focus on the welfare and wellbeing of the dairy cows. When he met his partner Cathy Palmer, a passionate animal rights advocate, a conversation started that became the creation of How Now Dairy. Sept 2016 saw the birth of Ethical Dairy Company, home to the producers of How Now Milk. www.hownowdairy.com.au

  Sophie Lamond Moderator   Sophie Lamond is a PhD student at the University of Melbourne where she researches university food policy and student activism. As a young academic activist Sophie runs the Fair Food Challenge. The Challenge facilitates student-led co-design of fair food policies for Australian universities, and campaigns for healthy, sustainable and equitable food environments. In 2017 Sophie was awarded the Australasia Green Gown Awards - Student Award of Excellence. Sophie has run community kitchens, mentored food projects and hosts the occasional apocalyptic dinner party. She has a keen interest in civil society advocacy and founded the Melbourne chapter of the Youth Food Movement, has been a committee member of the Australian Food Sovereignty Allianceand a member of the Right to Food Coalition. She speaks, writes and facilitates events to open up conversations about good food and to explore possible food futures/ She lectures and tutors in food politics.

Sophie Lamond
Moderator

Sophie Lamond is a PhD student at the University of Melbourne where she researches university food policy and student activism. As a young academic activist Sophie runs the Fair Food Challenge. The Challenge facilitates student-led co-design of fair food policies for Australian universities, and campaigns for healthy, sustainable and equitable food environments. In 2017 Sophie was awarded the Australasia Green Gown Awards - Student Award of Excellence. Sophie has run community kitchens, mentored food projects and hosts the occasional apocalyptic dinner party. She has a keen interest in civil society advocacy and founded the Melbourne chapter of the Youth Food Movement, has been a committee member of the Australian Food Sovereignty Allianceand a member of the Right to Food Coalition. She speaks, writes and facilitates events to open up conversations about good food and to explore possible food futures/ She lectures and tutors in food politics.

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