Got Milk? India Does

Amrita Patel is milking co-op cattle to feed India economy

Almost every busy neighborhood market in New Delhi has one: the trademark blue Mother Dairy stand, where rickshaw drivers and housewives fresh from the salon stop in for a plastic bag of full-cream milk, a strawberry lassi or a pack of ghee, the clarified butter used in Indian cooking. A generation ago, the land where the cow is sacred had a scarcity of milk, but since 1970, India's milk production has risen from 22 million tons to more than 132 million today, making it the world's largest producer and a dairy exporter. How India went from paucity to plenty is one...

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