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Advocates Oppose Wisconsin’s Crack Down On Raw Milk Trafficking

Faithful consumers of raw milk swear by its flavor and digestibility. But in Wisconsin, like many states, raw milk cannot legally be bought and sold openly.

a dairy cow indoors

Photo: Compassion in World Farming (flickr)

In Wisconsin, like many states, raw milk cannot legally be bought and sold openly.

a dairy cow indoors

Photo: Compassion in World Farming (flickr)

Faithful consumers of raw milk – that is, milk that has not been pasteurized – swear by its flavor and digestibility. But in Wisconsin, like many states, raw milk cannot legally be bought and sold openly.

Unfortunately for raw milk admirers, the Department of Agriculture is trying to crack down on black market milk trafficking.

Pasteurization is required in most states because raw milk can harbor microbes like salmonella and lead to illness, but raw milk fans believe the benefits outweigh the risks.

Raw milk advocates recently gathered in Wisconsin to toast the efforts of Max Kane Farley, who is leading a legal challenge to the state’s efforts. Additionally, a bill calling for the legalization of raw milk is currently making its way through the Wisconsin State Legislature.

Read More: Supporters from across the nation toast freedom of milk (LaCrosse Tribune)

Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer was in the company of foodies for most of her formative years. She spent all of her teens working at her town's natural food co-op in South Dakota, and later when she moved to Minneapolis, worked as a produce maven for the nation's longest running collectively-managed food co-op. In 2006, she had the distinct pleasure (and pain) of participating the vendanges, or grape harvest, in the Beaujolais terroire of France, where she developed her compulsion to snip off grape clusters wherever they may hang. In the spring of 2008, Megan interned on NPR's Science Desk in Washington, D.C., where she aided in the coverage of science, health and food policy stories. She joined Indiana Public Media in June, 2009.

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