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Milk Country: The Making of Vermont's Landscape

Janice Kai Chen, a student at Dartmouth College, combined interests in food production, the dairy industry, and geographic information systems to create Milk Country. This interactive essay explores topographic, social, and economic changes in Vermont. But, even those less familiar with Vermont or uninterested in food systems will enjoy the essay's stunning data visualizations and exemplary graphics. As Chen notes, Vermont's "ribbons of farmland" are ever changing and threaded with a history of colonization and industrialization. Vermont's economy has also evolved over time, and the piece explores a transition from a booming wool industry (in the mid-1800s, sheep inhabitants outnumbered people six to one) to a booming dairy industry (a 2019 survey reported that "72 percent of respondents considered dairy to be very important to the state's sense of self,"). Those entranced by this brief history may enjoy the further readings listed at the conclusion of the piece.
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2020-12
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2021-02-26
Date Of Record Creation
2021-02-04 17:17:31
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2021-02-10 13:55:01
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