Turkeys wandering the streets of Urbana in the winter of 2005/6. Makes your mouth water!
It is amazing that we get to eat anything, with so many diseases lurking everywhere. In order for you to get your chance at Thanksgiving dinner, for example, your turkey had to survive to maturity, avoiding (for example) aflotoxins in their food, the potatoes had at least three good shots at oblivion, and the sweet potatoes and cranberries, pumpkins, corn, milk, wheat, apples and oranges, even the coffee, pineapple, and mushrooms needed not to get moldy or otherwise fungoid. Are you vegetarian? Your Tofurkey soybeans could have gotten Sclerotinia stem rot. Want all the details? Tom Volk has politely put the summary together for you. As an up and coming biologist, you now have the opportunity to gross out your friends during dinner.But, as you contemplate this, sitting back at you Thanksgiving table with family and friends, how will you know if you just ate way too much, or if something is bugging you? The final page for your edification and enjoyment is the Food Poisoningprimer. Oh, and don't forget the songs.
Come to think of it, this edition of The Integrator™ might not be the best to share with whoever has gone to all the trouble of cooking your dinner!
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