Is Anything Natural? The Origins and Evolution of Grocery Store Vegetables

This program is a 90-minute crash course of the relationship between people and plants. Together, we will investigate how opportunistic weeds became the vegetables and fruits we love and eat today. Participants will learn the basics of plant domestication, gene manipulation, and the hidden, evolutionary history of these plants. Everyone will also have a chance to sample seasonal produce, comparing and contrasting different varieties.

The class includes a presentation, group discussion section, and time to sample seasonal produce.

About the Instructor

June Ahn is a second year graduate student in the Museum and Exhibition Studies program at UIC. She studied biology at Smith College and has worked in a variety of plant research laboratories including the Royal Botanic Garden in Kew, UK and the University of Chicago. June is a grapefruit enthusiast and loves spending time in grocery stores.

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