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Ricky Almunawwir

Bio Statement that is the chemicals that surround the genes that will influence how genes express themselves. So usually when we talk about phytochemicals, we're talking about wild foods, because wild foods are so exotic and we think of them as untampered,

and that they have their original phytochemical contents and so forth. But even in the domesticated foods, the foods that we have cultivated over the last 10,000, 12,000 years, many of them still hold on to a lot of these poisons, these phytochemicals, which in large doses can be poisonous,

but phytochemicals that mimic some of our own metabolic compounds. And that's what makes them so fascinating to me, is that this division between plants and animals is getting fuzzier by the minute. Plant domestication is something we're still trying to understand. The old theories were that all plants were domesticated in one place, and then there was this diffusion to other places in the world.

But it seems to be something deeply embedded in our own genomes, this point that comes in human history where different populations independently develop these close relationships with the plants that are around them I don't fully understand what would make someone who was a gatherer and a hunter start paying attention to that plant. And you think of what our ancestors must have gone through 15,000 years ago,

armed with what we would call very primitive weapons and very serious competing carnivores and some hyper-carnivores. So plants must have been a reliable alternative, something you could you could count on, if you could mentally map where the plants were located and when you're supposed to eat them. Because plants have their rhythm, so it means that the human population, our early ancestors,

had to tap into the rhythms of the plants. And some primatologists have hypothesized that that ability fostered increased neural networks, more complicated mental development, because we had to remember where in the forest or where in the Savanna a particular plant would be; when it was ready, ripe to eat; what were the signs that it could be eaten; what other signs meant don't eat it yet.