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A brie(f) history of cheese

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Before empires and royalty, before pottery and writing, before metal tools and weapons – there was cheese. As early as 8000 BCE, Neolithic farmers began a legacy of cheesemaking almost as old as civilization. Today, the world produces roughly 22 billion kilograms of cheese a year, shipped and consumed around the globe.

Learn how cheese was first discovered and developed across a wide variety of cultures. From TED-Ed: A brie(f) history of cheese by Paul S. Kindstedt, animated by Charlotte Cambon.

Related reading/making: Say Cheese!: A Kid’s Guide to Cheese Making with Recipes for Mozzarella, Cream Cheese, Feta & Other Favorites.

Related videos: Cheese-Flipping Robots and How Cheese is Made, How Mozzarella Is Made, and How is Cheese Made by Hand?

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