Another US State Makes it Easier for its Citizens to Get Raw Milk

Milking CowwAlex Pietrowski, Staff
Waking Times

Health officials and establishment doctors in West Virginia are not happy about giving the public greater access to raw milk. 

The governor of West Virginia recently signed a new bill that will make it easier for some people to access and consume raw cow’s milk, which may surprise those who had no idea that it is largely illegal in the United States to share, trade, or buy raw, unpasteurized milk.

On March 3, 2016, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, signed new legislation that would allow people to share ownership of a dairy animal in a legal arrangement called “herd sharing,” which allows for the owners to receive milk from that animal for personal consumption. One of the stipulations of the bill (SB 387) is that the individuals who purchase the animal must sign a disclaimer, verifying that they acknowledge the potential risks associated with consuming raw milk. West Virginia’s Department of Agriculture will also distribute rules regulating consumption and require health tests for the animals.

Raw cow’s milk is generally off-limits to the general public, but some states do allow on-farm sales as well as herd shares directly from government approved farms. In the US, only 11 states allow the retail sale of raw milk, and this only applies from goats and sheep. Seventeen U.S. States prohibit any type of sale of raw milk for human consumption.

Retail sales of raw milk will continue to be illegal in West Virginia, even after this new legislation, but the recent changes have re-energized the debate about raw vs. pasteurized milk and whether the government has the right to prosecute human beings for trading in milk.

Why the War on Raw Milk?

Many very unhealthy, potentially carcinogenic foods such as processed meats, food additives and artificial food dyes, are legal and widely consumed throughout the United States, with little warning regarding their potential health risks. So why are Americans not allowed to enjoy raw milk, which has been a nutritious staple of the human diet for many generations? Why do police and SWAT teams raid raw milk vendors to put them out of business for trading in raw milk and other natural foods?

In 1987, the FDA mandated pasteurization of all milk and milk products for human consumption, effectively banning the shipment of raw milk in interstate commerce with the exception of cheese made from raw milk. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the American Association of Public Health Veterinarians, the National Milk Producers Federation and the International Dairy Foods Association openly oppose pro-raw milk legislation, seeking to ban it from public and even private consumption.

The mainstream argument against raw milk is that it is more likely to be contaminated with harmful bacteria than pasteurized milk, and thereby a threat to public health. Dr. Michael Brumage, health officer at the West Virginia Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, made the broad claim, “I think everybody in public health is opposed, unequivocally, to selling anything but pasteurized milk to the public.”

This statement is of course far too general for critical thinkers who understand that pasteurization, a process that heats raw milk up in order to kill bacteria, also destroys many of the primary benefits of drinking milk in the first place. By destroying beneficial bacteria, proteins, and other enzymes that are tremendously beneficial to human health, many believe that pasteurization actually makes milk dangerous for human consumption.

An independent voice, also interested in public health, offers this perspective:

Research by Dr. Ted Beals, MD, featured in the summer 2011 issue of Wise Traditions, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, shows that you are actually about 35,000 times more likely to get sick from other foods than you are from raw milk. (Source)

According to the US Center for Disease Control, between the years 1998 to 2011, a mere two deaths resulted from a disease outbreak potentially linked to consuming raw milk or raw milk products. Raw milk sales are quite popular in European countries, were even raw milk vending machines are common.

Raw milk coming from pastured animals used to be widely accepted as an excellent natural therapy by medical doctors for a variety of diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension, heart disease and even cancer. The “milk diet” prescribed by doctors in the beginning of 20th century involved drinking exclusively up to 4 quarts of certified medicinal raw milk. (Source)

People apparently don’t agree on this issue at all. In response to West Virginia’s new law, Dr. Michael Brumage made the comment:

“I cannot understand why we would knowingly put people’s health at risk for something with no nutritional benefit over pasteurized milk.”

Decriminalizing something is not the same as forcing it on people who don’t want it, so Dr. Brumage’s argument overlooks one of the most important tenets of our society: personal freedom.

What do you think? Should raw milk be prohibited and treated like illegal drugs, or should people have the right to buy what they like and consume the products that have sustained our families for many generations?

Read more articles from Alex Pietrowski.

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Alex Pietrowski is an artist and writer concerned with preserving good health and the basic freedom to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. He is a staff writer for and Offgrid Outpost, a provider of storable food and emergency kits. Alex is an avid student of Yoga and life.


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  • Manna Made

    OH BOY! OUR masters will allow some to have raw milk provided everyone jumps through hoops for them. LET THEM DO TRICKS FOR THEIR MILK!

    I wonder if those raw milk drinkers will appreciate what their gobberment has done for them? See groveling does work!

  • Veri Tas

    How tolerable is it for the calf and mother cow who have been torn apart just so that human beings can continue their unnatural practice of consuming another specie’s milk – and right into adulthood….

    • Manna Made

      This is why it should be absolutely legal for people to raise their own animals to milk. We have goats that we milk. When we breed the goats, we either keep the babies or we sell them to someone wishing to start the life style. We raise bee’s as will. Nothing like making chocolate goats milk with syrup made from honey. A “Super food”.

      The extra milk gets made into cheese or we give it to friends.

      • Veri Tas

        I agree with everything you write, except that animal milk is unnatural for adult animals, incl. humans, to consume. Then there’s the exploitation issue…

        • Manna Made

          Goats milk is quite different than cows milk. Research it if you’re interested. About 80% of the world uses goat milk.

          With respects to the issue of exploitation, our personal situation is that our relationship is symbiotic. Our breed of goats are domesticated, they wouldn’t make it in the wild anymore than the majority of human beings wouldn’t make it without stores. Humans are very much domesticated.

          I still wrestle with the idea of NOT eating meat. For the time being I’ve settled for eating meat that is locally produced our hunted wild.

          The human social structure at the current stage we are at is so far removed from anything natural that I think it would take a complete reset to ever get back to paradise.

          We don’t need to eat meat, if we eat mushrooms. Mushrooms have far more amino acids than meat protein has, which is the real benefit of meat. This is the direction I’m heading. Hopefully this year I will start producing my own mushrooms and then I plan on getting off of meat.

          • Veri Tas

            You’re not understanding the point I’m making.

            It’s unnatural a) for adult mammals to consume milk, b) for a species to consume milk from another species, c) removing calves from their mother cows and kids from their mother goats, d) for us to exploit animals without remorse, e) for our bodies to consume dairy, as its growth factors cause cancer.

          • Manna Made

            I understand your point. You’re making a blanket statement however that is scientifically unsupported when it comes to goat milk. What you are saying about cows milk is true.

            You keep repeating the same mantra about separating the kids from their mother. Like I said we don’t do that, so stop reading from your script.

            While cow’s milk remains one of America’s most common daily drinks, it is interesting to note that it may also be the reason why many Americans experience gas, bloating and other forms of indigestion.

            Goat milk also has high levels medium-chain fatty acids — 30–35 percent as opposed to 15–20 percent in cow milk. These fatty acids provide an energy boost that isn’t stored as body fat, help lower cholesterol, and can even help treat conditions like coronary diseases and intestinal disorders.

            But wait, there’s more! Goat milk helps increase “good” cholesterol levels while reducing the bad ones. In fact, it’s got healing properties similar to olive oil and is recommended for keeping high cholesterol in check.

            It keeps skin looking good. The fatty acids and triglycerides found in goat milk not only keep your insides running smoothly, but they help you look great on the outside,
            too. Their moisturizing qualities help keep skin baby soft. Goat milk also has high levels of vitamin A, which can improve your complexion, fight acne and improve overall skin health. In fact, it should be considered one of the home remedies for acne. The lactic acid found in goat milk helps rid your body of dead skin cells and brighten skin tone; no more pasty face!

            Because goat milk has a pH level similar to humans, it’s absorbed by the skin with less irritation and helps keep bacteria at bay (goodbye, pimples!).

            It absorbs nutrients and minerals better than cows’ milk.

            Moo-ve over, cows. While goat and cow milk might rank similarly for mineral content, goat milk might still be the winner.

            That’s because early studies have found that nutrients like iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous were more easily digested and used by the body in goat milk than cow milk. Because of the bioavailability of these minerals, goat milk also looks promising for treatment of nutritional
            deficiencies like anemia and bone demineralization. (16) In addition, it can help address all-too-common iron deficiency and magnesium deficiency.

            In fact, researchers suggest that goat milk should be consumed regularly by individuals with malabsorption issues, anemia, osteoporosis or prolonged treatments with iron supplements.

            Regularly consuming goat milk enhances the body’s ability to use iron and boosts regeneration of hemoglobin, making it a safe and natural way to treat osteoporosis and combat anemia. Its high levels of zinc and selenium also help prevent neurodegenerative diseases.

            When the average cow is given growth hormones, antibiotics, GMO feed, vaccinations and exposed to toxic conditions, it is no wonder that many humans experience negative effects from consuming pasteurized cow milk.

            Goat’s milk is a much healthier alternative, especially when it is raw and organic. Goats produce about 2% of the global milk supply and it is interesting that most of the populations of people who consume goat milks cite a lower incidence of allergies and digestive complaints.

            The Benefits of Goat Milk

            Goat’s milk offers a wide variety of health benefits, with very few of the negative side effects of drinking regular cow milk.

            1. Reaction to Inflammation

            Some research suggests that one of the main benefits of goat milk is that it may benefit inflammation. Another reason why it is easier for people with bowel inflammation to drink goat’s milk, instead of cow’s milk.

            2. Environmentally Friendly

            Goats requires far less space and food than cows. Typically, you can comfortably raise six goats on the same acreage as two cows.

            3. Metabolic agent

            Studies done at the USDA and Prairie View A&M University, link goat’s milk to an increased ability to metabolize iron and copper, especially amongst individuals with digestion and absorption limitations. Besides drinking goat’s milk, you can also take a digestive enzymes supplement to help with this also.

            4. Bio-availability

            Another main health benefit of goat milk, is that it is closer to human mother’s milk than cow’s milk is. Because it has a chemical make up that is much closer to human milk, it is easier to digest and assimilate in the human body.

            5. “Smaller” Fat

            “Smaller” fat? Does that mean it has less fat? Not necessarily, it means that the size of the fat molecules in goat’s milk are much smaller than those found in cow’s milk. This makes goat’s milk easier to digest.

            6. High in Fatty Acids

            While cow’s milk has about seventeen percent fatty acids, goat’s milk averages thirty five percent fatty acids, making it more nutritionally wholesome. In fact, up to 50% of people with lactose intolerance to cow’s milk find that they can easily digest goat’s milk, especially if it is raw.

            7. Calcium-rich

            Many people worry that they need to drink cow’s milk for calcium intake and the prevention of bone loss. Goat’s milk also offers high amounts of calcium, the amino acid tryptophan, and much less side effects of drinking cow’s milk. It’s just one of the many foods high in calcium.

            8. Anti-Mucousal

            While drinking cow’s milk is a common reason for allergies and excess mucous, goat’s milk is not. Cow’s milk is high in fat, which may increase mucous build-up. Moreover, the fat globules in goat’s milk are one ninth the size of those found in cow’s milk, another possible reason why it does not produce irritation in the gut.

            9. Ultra-nourishing

            In Naturopathic medicine, goat’s are referred to as bioorganic sodium animals. They are also associated with vigor, flexibility and vitality. Cows are calcium animals known for stability and heaviness. Bioorganic sodium is an important element in keeping joints mobile and limber. Goat milk has traditionally been used in medicinal cultures to
            nourish and regenerate an over-taxed nervous system. Goat’s milk is also extremely nutrient dense. It has almost 35% of your daily needs for calcium in one cup. Extremely high in riboflavin, just one cup of goat’s milk offers 20.0% of our daily needs. Add to that high amounts of phosphorous, Vitamin B12, protein and potassium. In fact, Ghandi himself rejuvenated his own health after extremely long periods of fasting through drinking raw goat’s milk [1].

            10.Cow’s Milk is Toxic

            Whereas most cow’s milk is pumped full of bovine growth hormones as well as a substance known as bovine somatotropin, a hormone specific for increasing milk production in an unnatural way, goat’s are rarely
            treated with these substances. Because of its use on the fringes of big agriculture, goat’s milk is not only more nutritious for you, but also less toxic.

            11. Boost Immune System

            Goat’s milk has the trace mineral, selenium, a key essential mineral in keeping the immune system strong and functioning normally.

  • Roy Sperbeck

    I think the state run Dairy people want the Farmers be in the system and all the milk is sent to a central place to be processed .The farmers get maybe $1.00 per Gal. If you can sell your own Raw Milk for even $4.00 a gal. it doesnt benefit the State. Also the Amish people drink it every day and seem to be much healthier people. If you have ever had raw milk you would say why do I drink the processed crap.

  • Vicki Grover Trinity

    Such a simple concept – freedom of choice. Don’t want to drink raw milk? Then don’t. This is simply a diversionary tactic – keeping us away from the real health hazard in our food supply – GMO’s.

  • Little Bright Feather

    We never had allergies like we do since the govt UN-Constitutionally took over farms and businesses and began regulating everything the govt way – not the farmer’s way.
    Pasteurized govt milk is directly linked to cancer and diabetes and other illnesses – RAW milk has never caused any of those things and we have drank the raw milk for hundreds of years. Goat milk is the best – the REAL goat milk – not the stuff govt controls in the stores. You want it fresh from the farm ! Goat milk is naturally homogenized while you need to shake the cow milk a bit to blend that rich great cream into the milk OR skim it off and make butter ! You want it from non-drugged and non artificially hormoned animals. None of that artificial stuff that govt forces on their farmers. No GE feeds or hay. I’m a farmer rancher the 5th generations of them, and I’d not touch store govt milk or eggs. Their eggs are from tortured caged hens under bright lights 24 hours a day forcing them to lay twice a day instead of the normal one egg a day and heaven only knows what they feed them because it costs me $5 to produce a doz eggs and I feed natural feed. My hens are on the ground where they NEED to scratch and eat protein bugs if they can find them..They NEED to have that grounding on the earth and its their nature to scratch the dirt – they NEED that . Govt egg production goes against nature in every way..So you get sterile eggs (a dead food) from stressed out hens. I have live food since I have roosters that are an expense because they eat a lot, but give no eggs. But they fertilize the eggs before they are developed in the hen. Then once the govt commercial farms get the eggs, they wash them with bleach and chemicals that go through the porous shell and into the egg and YOU EAT IT ! You should not wash eggs at all if possible.since nature puts an invisible coating on them to keep them fresh and safe from bacteria. You need to have real nests that are kept clean but you do have times that eggs hit other eggs when laid, and they break and egg yolk goes over the eggs they land on so you need to wipe them off but only use well water. No bleach or chemicals of any kind. It takes a lot out of a hen to give you an egg every day – it’s like giving birth every day. So they need good nutrition and that is expensive now. A 100 pound feed bag use to be $6 not long ago and now that bag is only 50 pounds and it costs $20 a bag. So to get really healthy organic eggs, it costs more then you ever get from selling them. I’ve done it for over 65 years ! In fact I really began at 2 years old when I had to collect my fathers eggs. And that was 70 years ago.


  • Dimitri Ledkovsky

    I had a dream the other night that included a scenario where I had to learn how to milk a goat manually or die. I figured it was a task worth learning since it would provide me with raw milk. (I already know to milk a cow manually.)

    • gnost11

      Dreams can be soooo weird, and sooo important! Yours sounds like a particularly interesting dream. For some reason, I would love to hear all about that dream. How weird is that?

      • Manna Made

        This is why it should be absolutely legal for people to raise their own animals to milk. We have goats that we milk. When we breed the goats, we either keep the babies or we sell them to someone wishing to start the life style. Our goats are our pet’s, we play with them and take walks with them in the forest. We raise bee’s as will. Nothing like making chocolate goats milk with syrup made from honey. A “Super food”. The extra milk gets made into cheese or we give it to friends.

        We have been doing this for 6 years now. It’s second nature. Twice a day, 7 days a week.

        We live in the mountains of North Idaho a place where people come to vacation, so we don’t feel the need to take one ourselves, we’re kind of on one in many respects. We know where our food comes from, we’re healthy and happy.

  • Arrow

    “Pasteurization, a process that heats raw milk up in order to kill
    bacteria, also destroys many of the primary benefits of drinking milk in
    the first place” yet Dr. Michael Brumage, health officer at the West Virginia Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, he states, “I cannot understand why we would knowingly put people’s health at risk for something with no nutritional value over pasteurized milk.” Wow.

    To summarize, Dr. Brumage works for the state. He only acts in the interests of the state… not the men, women, and children. I ingest whatever I have determined to be in my best interest. No “person” has authority to make those decisions for me.

    • More exactly – he knowingly or unknowingly works for a subverted or captured state – that operates more like cancer than a true state of cooperative communication.
      It never gets anywhere to focus on personalities – nor on transhuman personalized concepts such as corporations or state and its agencies. The root of the sickness is deeper than the diversionary tactics thrown up to keep it hidden in perpetual conflict – that brings on death in more ways than is obvious within such conflictedness.
      The denial of Life is so built into our mindset – that we are mostly not aware it operates through us. We feel ‘right’ or ‘protected’ in the assertion of power over Life – but don’t see it that way – for we judge all that does not fit our concept of Life – our self Image – as something to deny, suppress, ignore, invalidate, kill, hate, and be shameful or hateful in.

      There is Raw Life that is presencing Itself right where you/we are – but the mind operates on top of it and as a result has a false, fearful and guilt-ridden sense of. True Civilisation is awake to and in alignment and communication with what moves us Alive – not an imposed and directed narrative running as a ‘matrix’ of control managing a demand to protect from ‘raw negatives’.

      If you are forced to – or forcefully deprived of – ingesting food, drugs, medicine or toxins – then you decide how you are going to define and use that event as part of your experience of who you are… and who you are not.

      The ‘person’ is not in control – and yet its attempt to control brings on the experience of being controlled. If we attract that into our life, it may be illuminating aspects of our own mind that we are blind to.

      • Arrow

        Well said. I perhaps over simplify much of what you stated by referring to it as cognitive dissonance. The task of un-learning the misinformation that has been imbued since birth is daunting. So much so that many remain in the “matrix” due to their inability to identify with their life-force, and only relate to their “person” (fiction). Confusing indeed. Awakening to the, as you put it, “illuminating aspects of our own mind that we are blind to” is a key.

        • I feel that when you engage with what resonates and uncover meaning in your own heart’s recognition, then we are well met indeed. The articulation or translation into word and phrase CAN reflect to intuitive knowing and stirring – but it can also become further layers of rationalisation. Attending to where we are coming from in what we do rather than investing in outcomes arising as a result of what we do. I don’t mean a mental justification but simply looking within. When we fear what we will find or what outcomes might arise as a result of looking within – we find ingenious ways to NOT look.
          Thanks for joining with.

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