Joe Schwarcz

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My Soccer Ball

One would hardly expect being knocked unconscious by a foreign object to become a cherished memory. Except when that object happens to be a...

Eat Less, Live More

It may not be an appetizing idea, but the key to living longer may be found on the dinner plate. Or better stated, not...

The Right Chemistry: ‘Natural’ Versus ‘Synthetic’ Chemicals

There are many confrontations on the battlefield of cyberspace. Vaccine proponents versus anti-vaxxers. Creationists versus evolutionary biologists. Anti-fluoride activists versus fluoridation supporters. Climate change...

The (Cannabis) Story Continues…

In the quest for preventative measures and treatment of COVID-19, no stone is being left unturned. That includes investigating cannabis, a plant that has...

Fewer Sweets May Make For A Sweeter Life

According to a New Guinean legend, the human race began when the first man made love to a stalk of sugar cane. Although conjuring...

The Science Of Plant-Based Meat Substitutes

I’ve always had a special respect for peas. That’s because of the giant role they played in the advancement of science. It was through...

Beer Science Is Still Brewing

Here’s a question to ponder. When did civilization begin? When was it that we reached a sufficiently high level of cultural and technological development...

The Human Factor – Peanuts, Turkeys and Cancer

So, tell me, what is the relationship between mouldy corn and Otto Preminger's last movie? The film we're talking about is The Human Factor,...

Bird Poop Causing Obesity

Long before scientists provided detailed accounts of plant nutrition, ancient farmers learned through experience that crop yields decreased from year to year. Eventually they...

Are Organic Vegetables Healthier?

There were piles of all sorts of tomatoes in the produce aisle of the supermarket. But the ones that caught my attention sat neatly...