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Even toxics can act as a generic selection factor in the environment

One of the themes of this blog has been that virtually anything present in the environment can act as a selection factor influencing the course of evolution. A recent study on fish and PCB's and dioxins illustrates this point. Unfortunately for humans, the end result is not necessarily positive or...

Adaptation to poison, evolution at work

Prior posts have noted the wide diversity of selection factors (well beyond Darwin's original thesis) that are able to influence evolution, or what individuals of a population will survive to procreate and define the nature of the future population. Among factors cited in previous posts were toxicants...

Organic Does Not Mean Healthy: Organic Brown Rice Syrup has Arsenic and is Widely Used as a Sweetener

Consumers are attracted to organic products because they are perceived to be healthier than conventional food sources. To borrow a phrase from Porgy & Bess (as I have done in the past), it ain't necessarily so. [See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kP5O_NUhrK0 .] Organic brown rice syrup has...

When Organic Does Not Mean Healthy

Consumers are attracted to organic products because they are perceived to be healthier than conventional food sources. To borrow a phrase from Porgy & Bess (as I have done in the past), it ain't necessarily so. [See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kP5O_NUhrK0 .] Organic brown rice syrup has...

Roadkill On The Dinner Menu: The Bye-Bye Bambi Burger

The ABA Journal (November 2013) reported that Montana has legalized the consumption of roadkill. According to Leslie A. Gordon, the article's author, starting in time for Thanksgiving, anyone who comes across a dead animal in Montana now can legally toss the roadkill on the grill or stick it on the...