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China’s Dairy Century: Making, Drinking and Dreaming of Milk

  • Thomas David DuBois
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Part of the The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series book series (PMAES)

Abstract

China’s dairy industry has become big business. A country that few would have associated with milk has in a short period emerged as the world’s third largest producer and second largest consumer of dairy products. But the significance of milk in China is greater than size alone, and goes back to well before the current period of explosive growth. Milk was not a prominent theme in China’s twentieth century, but it was a surprisingly persistent one. This chapter examines China’s century of dairy as three distinct processes—production, consumption and culture—discussing each according to its own sources, standards and logic. Besides introducing a vital transformation within China’s animal industries, it also aims to introduce some new ways to understand how we make, consume and think about food.

Keywords

China Milk Dairy Consumption Production 

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  • Thomas David DuBois
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  1. 1.Professor of HumanitiesBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina

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