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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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