Chef Peter Chaplin describes his background and reflects on our food supply. People eat unfamiliar foods at the World Food Festival in New Zealand. Humans find ways to make food safe to eat.
Early humans take many risks when obtaining food; a man hunts a boar and cooks it over a fire. Experts reflect on cooking practices and preservation.
Refrigeration is the most common preservation method. All cultures develop different ways of preserving food. Chaplin discusses early Roman diets and preservation.
Early Romans use lead-lined containers for cooking and eating, and suffer lead poisoning. Rules help prevent wide-spread food poisoning; religions have strict food guidelines.
Scientific research determines modern food rules; NASA research develops HACCP. HACCP is crucial in the airline industry; experts discuss risk calculation. See a preview for upcoming episodes.
Credits: Safe Practices
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Our modern day food preparation techniques are the result of thousands of years of experimentation, people falling sick, and people dying from food poisoning. This video looks back over the history of humans eating food, what has been eaten and how people managed to survive in spite of the risks. It also looks at how the food world has changed in the last 50 years and what has sparked some of these changes.
Length: 23 minutes
Copyright date: ©2006
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