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Have you ever wondered where your food comes from? Not just where it’s grown today, but where it originally popped up in the world? Have you ever bit into a delicious ripe fruit and wondered, hey – why is it this color? What’s responsible for this amazing flavor? Is this good for my health? Could it even be medicinal?

Foodie Pharmacology is a science podcast built for the food curious, the flavor connoisseurs, chefs, science geeks, plant lovers and adventurous taste experimenters out in the world! Join American ethnobotanist Dr. Cassandra Quave on this adventure through history, medicine, cuisine and molecules as she explores the amazing pharmacology of our foods

May 26, 2020

In this 48th episode of the show, we’re going to embark on a journey from the Amazonian rainforest to the pharmacy as we retrace the pathway of bringing a botanical drug to market to treat serious cases of diarrhea as an FDA approved drug. I first encountered the source of this drug 20 years ago in the heart of the...


May 18, 2020

The soil is a vibrant and multifaceted space, full of biodiversity ranging from microbes to insects, mammals, to fungi. Beneath the ground, in the rhizosphere, plant roots engage with these organisms through a series of connections and chemical signals. Soil health is the first step to healthy crops, and in turn, foods...


May 11, 2020

Does bread grow on trees? Exploring breadfruit with Diane Ragone

Dr. Ragone earned a PhD and MSc in Horticulture from the University of Hawaii. Numerous researchers and students have worked with her to systematically study NTBG’s signature living collection to describe and better understand breadfruit. She has written...


May 4, 2020

The Amazon is a land of complex history full of mysteries and wonder. It covers a land area roughly the size of the continental US and the Amazon River contains more types of fish than all of the rivers in Europe combined. In this episode, I speak with trailblazing ethnobotanist, Dr. Mark Plotkin, about everything...


Apr 27, 2020

 

Dr. Janelle Marie Baker is Assistant Professor in Anthropology at Athabasca University in northern Alberta, Canada. Her research is on sakâwiyiniwak (Northern Bush Cree) experiences with wild food contamination in Treaty No. 8 territory, which is currently an area of extreme extraction of oil sands (bitumen)...