The Weston A. Price Foundation, (WAPF), is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity founded in 1999 to honor and disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston A. Price, whose studies of isolated non-industrialized peoples established the parameters of human health, and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. Dr. Price served as the chair of the research arm of what became the American Dental Association from 1914-1928, and wrote the classic work, Nutrition And Physical Degeneration.
The Foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the American diet through education, research and activism, and supports a number of movements that contribute to this objective including accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting and nurturing therapies. Specific goals include establishment of universal access to clean, certified raw milk through “A Campaign for Real Milk” (www.realmilk.com) and a ban on the use of soy formula for infants through its “Soy Alert!” project.
The Foundation seeks to establish a laboratory to test nutrient content of foods, particularly butter produced under various conditions; to conduct research into the “X” Factor, discovered by Dr. Price; and to determine the effects of traditional preparation methods on nutrient content and availability in whole foods.
The board and membership of the WAPF stand united in the belief that modern technology should be harnessed as a servant to the wise and nurturing traditions of our ancestors rather than be used as a force that is destructive to the environment and human health; and that science and knowledge can validate those traditions.
The Foundation’s quarterly magazine, Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, is dedicated to exploring the scientific validation of dietary, agricultural and medical traditions throughout the world. It features illuminating and thought-provoking articles on current scientific research, human diets, nontoxic agriculture, and holistic therapies. In addition, it serves as a source for foods that have been conscientiously grown and processed.
Annually a national convention and/or symposium is held. The list of speakers is a genuine Who’s Who of the movers and shakers in this back-to-health movement. Lectures on natural healing modalities, repairing autism, the horrors of vaccinations, the importance of good fats, the risks and dangers of drugs (better known as pharmaceuticals), the important benefits of consuming pasture-finished beef instead of consuming corporate feed-lot beef are just a few of the many topics available at this educational convention. It also features an exciting trade show. The national symposium provides an opportunity to obtain books and information not normally available.
We are very fortunate that this year the Symposium will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, November 7-10, 2013. Details are available on the website at www.westonaprice.org.
An extensive system of local chapters also helps consumers find healthy foods available in their communities. The Huntsville (Big Spring) Chapter meets every first and third Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the (Monroe Street) Chamber of Commerce building. Feel free to call 256-270-5980 for more information.