Omnivores Dilemma

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Carbon is the most abundant element in the human body and because plants are the only ones capable of photosynthesis, people resort to consuming organic compounds in order to satisfy their need for carbon. Unlike other plants, which are able to produce compounds that only have three carbon atoms, corn is capable of producing compounds having four carbon atoms. The botanical term for plants such as corn is C-4. Carbon atoms usually contain six protons and six neutrons. However, some isotopes such as C-13 are known to contain six protons and seven neutrons. Corn, and C-4 plants in general normally take in more C-13 carbon atoms than C12, thus making it possible for someone to determine the amount of corn consumed by a human by verifying the amount of C-13.

While white people succeeded in conquering the new world, they too were conquered by an element from the continent. Corn experienced a rapid spread on the European continent, to the point where people use it in a variety of ways, each meant to improve living standards...[continue]

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