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The raw milk debate

Although it applies only to Wisconsin, the implications go far beyond the Badger State’s borders. The state legislature has passed a bill which would allow dairy farmers to sell unpasteurized milk directly to consumers on their farms. Advocates around the country have been keeping close tabs on the legislation as it moved through the process and now awaits the signature of Governor Jim Doyle. Some say it is a way for dairy farmers to make a little more money, others claim there are health benefits while opponents contend there are health threats especially from campylobacter and E. coli. Earlier this week the National Milk Producers Federation and the International Dairy Foods Association voiced their opposition to the law. Meanwhile, Governor Doyle has not decided whether or not he will sign it.

AUDIO: The Governor, a State Senator and a dairy farmer comment

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