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Of predators, parasites, and fickle friends.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21568040     Owner:  HMD     Status:  MEDLINE    
When we think about food undoubtedly we are the protagonists, the eaters. However, within the broader biological context our own bodies are also living meals for a myriad of parasites. It is often through the very food we eat that we animals become unsuspecting hosts to a variety of parasites, and thus links within the wider food chain. As unappetizing as they are, these trophic connections are as significant as they are profound. Indeed, much of what biologists have come to know about the complex ecology and evolution of life on the planet over the last 4.5 billion years is premised on the dynamics of eating and being eaten. Whether a relationship is symbiotic or in fact parasitic between species can be a very fuzzy line and is often a matter of looking at the remarkable gustatory details. With an ecological perspective on the wider world of eating, our notions of “food” take on new meaning.
Andrew Yang
Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Gastronomica : the journal of food and culture     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1529-3262     ISO Abbreviation:  Gastronomica (Berkeley Calif)     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-29     Completed Date:  2011-06-23     Revised Date:  2012-01-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101554255     Medline TA:  Gastronomica (Berkeley Calif)     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  17-20     Citation Subset:  Q    
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MeSH Terms
Anthropology, Cultural / education,  history
Civilization / history
Food Contamination*
Food Handling* / economics,  history
Food Industry / economics,  education,  history
Food Supply* / history
History, 15th Century
History, 16th Century
History, 17th Century
History, 18th Century
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
History, 21st Century
History, Ancient
History, Medieval
Public Health* / economics,  education,  history

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