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Raw Milk / Herd Shares in West Virginia

A herd shares bill passed the legislature during the 2015 legislative session. Dubbed SB-30, the history of the bill may be found here and the text of the bill itself is here. Unfortunately the governor vetoed this bill, preventing it from becoming law. During the 2016 session the legislature tried again. This time they succeeded and the governor signed into law SB-387. The history of SB-387 may be found here and the text of the bill itself is here. So as of June, 2016, herd shares are legal in WV.



The Best Raw Milk Articles Ever

Obviously I am a huge fan of raw milk. I think it's healthier, more nutritious, and tastes a million times better than pasteurized milk. Not everyone thinks that way. There are people who are against raw milk, and there are those who just don't know much about it one way or the other. If you are new to raw milk or even opposed to it, this article series is the one to read. It's very well researched, relatively unbiased, short, and written in layman's terms so it's easy to understand. Even if you are already a proponent of raw milk, I highly recommend you read this series.

      "Raw Milk Reality: Is Raw Milk Really Dangerous?" by Chris Kresser

      "Raw Milk Reality: Benefits of Raw Milk" by Chris Kresser


Raw Milk Information Links

There is a TON of information out there about raw milk. I linked above to my two favorite articles to get started on. I recommend you do additional research on your own. To help you along, here are some general links to sites offering more information about raw milk (in no particular order; descriptions are not mine, they come from each web site).

      Weston A. Price Foundation - A non-profit, tax-exempt nutrition education foundation.

      Real Milk - A campaign for pasture-fed, unprocessed, full-fat Real Milk: nature's perfect food.

      Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund - Defending the rights and broadening the freedoms of family farms anbd protecting consumer access to raw milk and nutrient dense foods.

      Raw Milk Facts - Raw milk information you can trust.

      RawMilk.org - Your #1 advocacy resource for natural, non-pasteurized dairy.


Favorite Raw Milk Articles

Sometimes I find other articles or editorials I just really like. Of course this group will all be in favor of raw milk. I don't choose these articles lightly. If they're posted here, it's because I feel they are a cut above the rest and worth taking a few minutes to read.

      February 27, 2014: Corvallis Gazette Times
      Letter: Raw milk risk small compared to risk from GMOs, factory farms

      April 3, 2015: By Ernie Fazenbaker, Letter to Governor Tomblin in response to his veto of the herd shares bill. Contains a personally compiled summary of the actual risks associated with drinking raw milk.
      Letter to Governor


Other Raw Milk Articles

For those short on time, the above list represents my favorite articles. The list below are other articles I have found and believe are worth sharing. Some are in favor of raw milk, some are against raw milk. Sometimes I personally agree with everything in them and sometimes I don't, but I still think they're worth sharing if you want to be informed about raw milk.

      Raw Milk Use and Safety Facts Sheet

      CDC Report: Nonpasteurized Dairy Products, Disease Outbreaks, and State Laws - United States, 1993-2006

      FDA Report: Raw Milk Misconceptions and the Danger of Raw Milk Consumption

      Weston A. Price Foundation Report: Rebuttal to the FDA Article "Raw Milk Misconceptions and the Danger of Raw Milk Consumption"