The Origin of Thanksgiving Foods & Today’s Lab Coat GMO Bigger Better Tastier Versions

Posted on Nov 25, 2020

EZ Diet Note:  This is PBS selling us with happy speak, fun-facts, cartoons, and kindergarten music about “how everything is now lab-coat-human-selective-breeding-genetically-modified-bigger-better-and-tastier on your Thanksgiving plate”.  The message is the farmers just wear lab coats today. Big deal. Who cares? I don’t agree with the underlying message that designer genetically modified food is just “better”, mixed in with all the other fun-facts.

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How turkeys got so big:…

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McWilliams, James. The Pecan: A history of America’s native nut. University of Texas Press, 2013.

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Polashock, James, et al. “The American cranberry: first insights into the whole genome of a species adapted to bog habitat.” BMC plant biology 14.1 (2014): 1

Speller, Camilla F., et al. “Ancient mitochondrial DNA analysis reveals complexity of indigenous North American turkey domestication.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107.7 (2010): 2807-2812.

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