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* This episode originally aired on December 3, 2009.
Author and food historian Anne Mendelson calls milk “the world’s first food.” And indeed, humans have been milking animals for centuries. The educated guessers say as far back as 8000 BC. Our history with milk is long and complicated and our ideas about it have changed radically over time.
We’ve actually talked quite a bit about milk on this show, usually about the industry here in Connecticut and the region. But today we’re asking a different set of questions. Less, “Got Milk?” and more “Why Milk?”
How did we get here? How did milk become a staple of the western diet when most of the world’s population is actually lactose intolerant? Is milk as good for us as we’ve been taught? What are the environmental consequences of our dairy habit? And what about raw milk?
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