The Raw Milk Wars Heat Up in Ohio

The state is aggressively pursuing farmers who make unpasteurized milk available to consumers. Will a Democratic governor declare a cease-fire?

Which state is toughest on small dairy farmers seeking to meet the burgeoning consumer demand for raw milk? It recently looked as if Michigan had the title, after its October sting operation on a farmer delivering raw milk and other products to members of a cooperative in Ann Arbor (see BusinessWeek.com, 10/19/06, "States Target Raw-Milk Farmers"). That one-upped California, which the previous month had quarantined the state's largest raw-milk producer (see BusinessWeek.com, 9/28/06, "Getting a Raw Deal?").

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