Thank India and Pakistan for dairy. They’ve been producing milk and cheese since 2500 BC

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The lands that make up modern-day Pakistan and India have been producing dairy for almost five thousand years now, according to researchers at the University of Toronto Mississauga. The team explains that dairy has been produced and consumed by the people of the Indus Valley Civilization from as far back as 2500 BCE.

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“We found that dairy was an integral part of their diet at a site that dates to about 2500 BCE,” says [Kalyan Sekhar] Chakraborty, who is conducting his post-doctoral research with Heather Miller, an anthropology professor at UTM.

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The Indus Valley Civilizations, also known as the Harappans, built one of the greatest empires of the ancient world. Much of the foundations of their success have been lost to time …. The study goes some way towards helping us understand the Harappan diet.

According to the findings, dairy was an important part of their diet. It helped fill hungry bellies at home, and likely greased the wheels of commerce.

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