The Center for Ideas and Society presents a book talk with:
Norman C. Ellstrand
(Distinguished Professor of Genetics)
"Sex on the Kitchen Table: The Romance of Plants and Your Food"
At the tips of our forks and on our dinner plates, a buffet of botanical dalliance awaits us. Sex and food are intimately intertwined, and this relationship is nowhere more evident than among the plants that sustain us. From lascivious legumes to horny hot peppers, most of humanity’s calories and other nutrition come from seeds and fruits—the products of sex—or from flowers, the organs that make plant sex possible. Sex has also played an arm’s-length role in delivering plant food to our stomachs, as human handmade evolution (plant breeding, or artificial selection) has turned wild species into domesticated staples.
Friday, April 5, 2019 at 3:30pm to 5:00pm
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