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Milk: A Matter of Life and Death

Joanne Burgess, Université du Québec à Montréal

In the late 19th century, urbanization and industrialization bring about profound changes in the eating habits and food supply of Canadians. Grocery stores seem to appear on every street corner. Railways link the city to distant suppliers. The consumption of dairy products is very much affected by these changes. City dwellers purchase vast amounts of butter and cheese, enjoy ice cream as a special treat, and drink more raw milk than ever before. The growth of cities also leads to numerous complaints about milk quality.


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