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El consumo de leche fresca en Cataluña entre mediados del siglo XIX y 1935: la difusión de un nuevo alimento


  • Josep Pujol Andreu

    (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

  • Roser Nicolau Nos

    (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

  • Ismael Hernández Adell

    (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)


The spread of milk consumption was a significant change in the diet of Europeans; a fact however that has not been greatly studied with regard to populations of the Mediterranean Europe. In this article we shall analyse the main circumstances that conditioned that process in Catalonia between the mid-19th century and 1936. In our study we shall argue that the consumption of milk in this area was only relevant in the 19th century in situations of illness or old age, and that it subsequently increased acquiring a new significance as a result of various factors. In particular, we shall emphasise: (a) scientific advances in microbiology and nutrition, (b) activities carried out by doctors and various public institutions to promote fresh milk consumption, and (c) technological innovations in the milk producing sector.

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  • Josep Pujol Andreu & Roser Nicolau Nos & Ismael Hernández Adell, 2007. "El consumo de leche fresca en Cataluña entre mediados del siglo XIX y 1935: la difusión de un nuevo alimento," Historia Agraria. Revista de Agricultura e Historia Rural, Sociedad Española de Historia Agraria, issue 42, pages 303-325, august.
  • Handle: RePEc:seh:journl:y:2007:i:42:m:august:p:303-325

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    1. Ingrid Henriksen & Kevin H. O'Rourke, 2005. "Incentives, technology and the shift to year-round dairying in late nineteenth-century Denmark -super-1," Economic History Review, Economic History Society, vol. 58(3), pages 520-554, August.
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    : consumption of milk; milk sector; health; standards of living;

    JEL classification:

    • N30 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - General, International, or Comparative
    • N50 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - General, International, or Comparative
    • N90 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History - - - General, International, or Comparative


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