Raw Milk In West Virginia Now Legal

After a seven-year battle, the Governor signs bill to make raw milk in West Virginia legal through cow shares

Raw milk in West Virginia is now legal and available through cow share arrangements. The news spread quickly on Facebook after the governor signed the bill into law.

Lead advocate for the legislation, Tinia Creamer stated,

“It has been really amazing to watch the positive change in West Virginia on the issue of raw milk rights and food freedom. We’ve taken Food Freedom from a place of silence to a hot button issue that whole state has now talked about,” Says Creamer.

“Regaining the ability to operate herdshares was certainly not an overnight occurrence here, and the general thought for a long time was that West Virginia would never allow co-ownership agreements to exist again. In the end, I believe it was worth the 7-year fight. Well worth it. Persistence and growing a strong statewide support base through social media made SB387, the Raw Milk Herdshare bill, law. We overcame corporate Lobby groups, Lobbyists hired by statewide Health Departments and involvement from the FDA.”

The fact that raw milk in West Virginia is now available through cow shares is phenomenal. This opening for co-ownership of animals through cow share arrangements speaks to the ongoing shift from complete prohibition to acceptance of people’s rights to obtain the foods of their choice from the producer of their choice.

It is refreshing to see this shift continuing to occur, especially as enforcement increases against raw milk in Canada. If raw milk in West Virginia can be legal and available, perhaps it won’t be much longer for the other states and Canada that are holding out.

After the West Virginia bill was vetoed in 2015, Tinia persisted in bringing the issue before the General Assembly in 2016. Her hard work has paid off with farmers rights now reinstated.

“It is a relief, really,” says Creamer. “I know that raw milk in West Virginia through herdshares will help small farmers thrive; they will be a much needed way to bolster our economy. I am thankful that farmers will be able to offer, through co-ownership, a local food to their communities. This will, in turn, offer education to families about where their food comes from, how it is produced and really connect farmers to the people, as well.”

As the tide continues to shift towards raw milk availability, it is the advocates like Tinia we can thank for their tireless, unpaid work that keeps legislation and possibility alive.

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West Virginia Governor Vetoes Raw Milk Bill

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a bill that would have allowed consumers access to raw milk through herdshare agreements, which the state Senate had earlier approved.

Governor Tomblin’s veto message used the tired argument that allowing people to drink raw milk “would pose a serious risk to public health.” West Virginia House Delegate Kelli Sobonya (R – Cabell) called the veto shortsighted, preventing West Virginia from “…joining a majority of other states who support farm food freedom.”

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West Virginia Parents Come Together to Show Support for Raw Milk

The West Virginia House of Delegates is considering two bills that would allow the sale of raw milk through herd sharing or otherwise. On February 12, the day that the House Agriculture Committee was scheduled to discuss the bills, a group of farmers and consumers came together as concerned parents to show their support for legalized access to raw milk.

One mother from Cabell County started researching raw milk after some members of her family began struggling with health problems, and was dismayed to realize that in West Virginia the only way she would be able to provide her family with it would be to invest thousands of dollars on a goat herd of her own to milk herself. To show her support for pro-raw milk legislation, she joined together with other parents including Maria and Mike Moles, a husband and wife duo who own a local dairy farm and feed raw milk to their family but are unable to provide others with the same healthy food.

“What [Maria and Mike] can’t consume within their family, they have to feed to animals on the farm, or discard.

‘I passionately believe in providing people with good healthy food and I believe raw milk is a God-given healthy food,’ [Maria] said.”

The debate surrounding raw milk touches on many controversial issues, including consumer freedom. These parents in West Virginia are just a few of the many coming forward to voice their right to provide their families with nutritious foods without government interference.

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Families Suffer in West Virginia because of State’s Raw Milk Ban

Many families in West Virginia are suffering because of the state’s ban on raw milk sales. There is the 11-year old child who is allergic to the pasteurized milk sold in grocery stores, but her mother is unable to purchase raw goat’s milk from local farms. There is the family who missing out on an estimated $20,000 per year because they are unable to sell the extra milk produced by their two dairy cows. Continue reading

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