Can the world quench Chinas bottomless thirst for milk?

The long read: Chinas leaders have championed milk as the emblem of a modern, affluent society but their radical plan to triple the nations consumption will have a huge environmental cost Beijing-based film-maker Jian Yi, now 43, clearly remembers the arrival of fresh milk in his life. It was an image of it, not the real thing. It was the 1990s, and I first saw it in an advert on TV. The ad said explicitly that drinking milk would save the nation. It would make Food Fund, a project to promote sustainable food. My mother has diabetes and has been told to diet, but the doctors say she must still have milk to make her strong, he said. The Chinese …

Sourdough is Silicon Valleys latest craze could I beat the coders and bake the perfect loaf?

Bread is back, baby! Tech bros are documenting their attempts to achieve the ideal crumb, but does the careful, scientific approach work? When in January the starter culture and then make graphs about it. Instagram is laden with tender crumb shots (it is what it sounds like), people couldnt delight more in the miracles of this alchemy than if it were neolithic times and bread had only just been invented. Bread has always been a staple, some magic combination of ease of production, ease of distribution, ease of storage, ease of sale and ease of use. But for these very reasons, it fell out of fashion, and into the category of guilty pleasure. Set snobbery about the mass market alongside …