Lecture 4 – When food goes wrong
Danger! We’re constantly assailed by food scares. There’s hardly a day goes by without a new scare about some everyday foodstuff. Yet in reality our food has never been safer. Most of the scares are caused by misunderstandings, but there are some unlikely things we should be worried about. This lecture explores the amazing ways in which your food can harm and even kill you. John Krebs examines the allergens, moulds, fungi, bacteria and toxins that could cause you serious mischief. And we reveal the biggest single hazard of all – the one risk that’s not controlled: you – and how you directly affect the safety of the food you consume.
About the 2005 CHRISTMAS LECTURES
John Krebs’ 2005 series delved into a topic as relevant today as it was then: food. From the food of our evolutionary ancestors to the meals of the future, the lectures explore what food means to humans. What makes food delicious? Why have we evolved to prefer some foods to others? Are we really what we eat, and how concerned should we be about the future of food?