Do you use a mind-altering substance on a daily basis?
If you drink coffee, you do. Caffeine is a drug that has definite psychoactive effects and you can definitely get addicted to it.
We recently spoke with medical toxicologist Robert Hoffman, MD, about how toxicologists define the word “drug”; basic neurochemistry behind prescription and recreational drugs; and the top tool in medical toxicology today (not necessarily the one you’ll see on TV). Read the Q&A.
Image: Julius Schorzman
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In the mountains of northern Luzon in the Philippines, the Ifugao people cultivate rice on elaborate terraces with intricate irrigation systems. Some households keep carved wooden bulul figures representing mythological deities to ensure good harvests and to protect the fields and granaries. These figures are venerated and passed down for generations.
In the next 30 years, the global population is estimated to surpass 9 billion people. Will there be too many people, and too little food? How will climate, politics, and economics impact food systems and food security on our growing planet?
Last week, NBC News Chief Science and Health Correspondent Robert Bazell led a discussion here at the Museum with best-selling author Raj Patel, geneticist Molly Jahn, and award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson. Watch the full program here.
On a recent visit to Our Global Kitchen, chef and author Marcus Samuelsson shared his thoughts on some of the food policy challenges we face locally and globally. Check out the video here.
Join Samuelsson, along with Raj Patel (Stuffed and Starved, Food Rebellions, and The Value of Nothing) and geneticist Molly Jahn (former USDA Deputy Under Secretary and University of Madison-Wisconsin professor) for an exciting roundtable discussion of ideas for solving world hunger this Thursday, January 10.
For our Tumblr followers, use code FOOD to get $5 off your ticket!
A noblewoman from an illustrious family, Livia Drusilla, the wife of Augustus, first emperor of Rome, owned her own villa. Like many wealthy Romans, Livia was a passionate gardener and she is said to have cultivated her own variety of fig, known as the Liviana.
Feeling hungry? How about french toast, three fried-egg sandwiches, pancakes, a five-egg omelet, and grits for breakfast?
As a young athlete, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps liked to visit his favorite diner and order enormous breakfasts like this one. Even after a breakfast this size, Phelps would still need more fuel for six hours of swimming, which he might complete in one day during heavy training.
In Jane Austen’s day, only the most privileged English families served “ices”—frozen desserts made of fruit, sugar and water or cream. Cooks often pressed these concoctions into fruit- or flower-shaped molds to make frosty, alluring sculptures. “For Elegance and Ease and Luxury,” Austen wrote while staying at the manor house of her wealthier brother Edward, “I shall eat Ice & drink French wine”—two exclusive treats that she did without at her own modest home.
Tons of colorful fruits and rice, giant cooking-pots, anonymous volunteers moving in unison to feed the visitors: we observe a langar, the Sikh tradition of a common canteen where all are served for free regardless of their background. Set in the Golden Temple of Amritsar, a prominent place of Sikh worship, Himself He Cooks captures the spontaneous choreography of hundreds of people preparing tens of thousands of meals a day to reveal the unique face of this sacred place.
Preview this beautiful film, which will make its U.S. premiere at the Margaret Mead Film Festival on Friday, November 30, here.
Our Twitter followers are invited to an exclusive look at the new exhibition Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Cultureon Monday, November 19! Explore the exhibition after hours, meet Museum scientists and curators, and enjoy a special selection of food and drink.