Forced appetite for dairy products in China caused farmers to cut corners

01/8/2009 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

When central economic forecasters in China determined that farmers in rural areas should produce dairy products despite their obscurity in Chinese agriculture, many Chinese farmers began cutting corners to keep up with demand. As dairy consumption within China increased fivefold over a decade, Chinese farmers turned to chemicals such as melamine to disguise low-quality milk that sometimes resulted from inexperience with dairy animals and distribution.

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