The Green Bay Press Gazette reports a Wisconsin high school senior won a $20,000 scholarship for her research on high school students’ perception of raw milk and its impact on the state’s dairy industry.

Marshfield High School senior Carly Barker measured her fellow students’ attitude towards raw milk, and the risks and benefits of raw milk. Barker’s findings showed students with exposure to the farming culture were seven times more likely to consume raw milk.

Research collected by Barker focused on the commercial sale of raw milk and its impact on Wisconsin’s $26.2 billion dairy industry. Barker considered how the industry would be affected if mass raw milk consumption led to illness.

Barker presented her research at the Young Epidemiology Scholars Competition in Washington, D.C. last weekend. The competition selected 12 finalists to present findings in front of nine judges, including employees of the Center for Disease Control and college professors focused on public health.

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Source: Green Bay Press Gazette