COLL-E 105 29276 The Biology of Food (Bonner) (N&M) (3 cr.)

9:05 AM 9:55 AM MWF

The most intimate relationship people have with other organisms is to eat them. We kill animals, plants, and microbes, put them into our mouths, break them down into components, and then build them into our own bodies. We literally are what we eat. However, so few of us raise our own food even these close relationships are invisible. For example, what do you know about the life of a chicken, a cow, or an orange tree? Where do they live, what processes regulate their lives, and how does their use as human food affect them and us? The knowledge of how eating, a daily act, connects you with other organisms will give you the information necessary to appreciate and control these interactions in a more meaningful way.

By studying how organisms we use as food evolve, grow, reproduce, and interact, we will study many basic principles of biology. Among the foods we will study are milk, eggs, meat, vegetables, fruits, fermented products, and chocolate.