“Got milk?” What the history of milk tells us about our society.
For all humans, for all mammals, it is the first food. And milk for many of our ancestors was not just a central part of their diet, but a scared symbol of sustenance.
The history of milk holds within it the story of how human societies and economies have evolved.
In the agrarian days, we drank milk from animals we ourselves raised. Now, milk is produced and processed by industrial corporations, and the family farmers who sell raw milk and make cheese have to compete with agribusiness rivals.
This hour On Point: What the story of milk says about who we are and what we’ve become.