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I was really excited about this book as I really wanted to learn more about food, science, and the human body, but sadly this book had very little of the science it advertised. If you are interested in actual food science, avoid this course. This course is 3/4 anthropology with the remaining 1/4 being personal anecdotes about the author's experiences doing things in the world abroad. There is very little science in this course. Plus, the performance is mediocre at best, with at least one or two errors per half an hour lecture.
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This course had so much potential, and did contain very good information, but the narration by Crittendon said countless nonsensical things, really beyond the pale for a University professor. But then, government schools…
Her lousy use of language contained gems like these:
-"A thousand years ago, BC"
-"It can take up to an average of”
-FDA, the "Drug & Food Administration”
-"A good day's harvest is 100 pounds picked a day"
-“Geophagy” derives from the latin…
-"High enough levels of curcumin content”
-"The earliest known evidence of the use of a mortar and pestle was found in the south of France around 10,000 years ago.” (Ch 23); she then refers to the creative but nonexistent tool “mortle”.
-"Lactose intolerance is when your body cannot digest lactose, the main sugar in milk, very well into adulthood.”
-"The ability to digest lactase”
-"The Greenland Inuit eat "meat, blubber, and very little vegetables” -True, but given all her previous errors, I wonder if that’s what she meant.
-"Neuronal nerve cells.” -ufff; déjà vu all over again.
-"Starches made by longer saccharide chains"
-"The poverty rate was reduced by 71 million people"
-"Sugarcane has less water content”
-"The diminishing Earth's resources”
-"Sellers don't purchase produce that is aesthetically appealing", and therefore it's thrown away.
...As she Rambles on about waste, she never mentions government agricultural subsidies.
Crittendon works for a State institution and is funded by taxation, so one can understand why she she invariably resorts to government coercion as an answer to food and environmental problems.
But her understanding of economics is at best between paltry and flat wrong. Says says it was the Chinese government’s imposing taxes on salt that propelled its economic development -despite her then mentioning in passing that China houses five types of salt, and developed trade and production technologies that would become the leading methods over the next 2000 years. But no, it was Govt that did it, by taking productive people’s property. …Really.
The class also subjects the listener to the same stupid medical disclaimer at least three dozen times; revealing how afraid of government and suits they are. This casts a pall of cowardice and conformity to government views over the whole course. Those 36 identical disclaimers were weak and shameful, and wasted my time.
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