Voice of the Restaurant Industry
Family Friends and The Theory of Evolution
The Theory of Evolution has been debated for years, and that’s fine. I am not sure though if all of the facts are being considered though. Let’s assume that Evolution is the umbrella phrase used to describe the process of a species changing over the years. Consider this. If you could isolate a particular animal and keep it completely confined without changing its environment, would it evolve?
The alligator has been around for millions of years in its present form because for the most part it is not on the food chain of any animal’s diet except for man. As more humans try the meat of the alligator and the demand possibly increases, the alligator will change its lifestyle and evolve into a reptile that tastes like chicken. Seems easier to just eat chicken. My point is that left alone with no outside stimulus there would be very little evolution.
Humans on the other hand are constantly evolving. Two hundred years ago the size of an average human man was five foot six or seven. A six-foot man was rare. Our life span was forty years if we were lucky and were able to make it through the various wars we created. Is Evolution a process of change or a process of aging?
Evolution is responding to an outside stimulus so as to survive and keep the species alive. Businesses evolve too. Twenty years ago I met Rocco Rosano a very savvy pizzeria operator in Rockland County, New York. Over the years Rocco’s business grew to be the sit down pizzeria and restaurant in New City. His son now works in the business and the evolution of business has taken a southward turn as his brother Frank has opened several very successful restaurants in South Florida. This year Rocco is celebrating his twenty-sixth anniversary. The milestone is really a celebration of change rather than of maintaining the status quo. The business had to evolve, given the outside conditions that exerted pressures on it. These conditions had to be dealt with to remain vibrant.
Looking at old pictures, old alligators or old people, just makes you think. With our food supply being genetically altered and additives such as high fructose corn syrup in almost everything, will we be able to survive or evolve? Will our children and grandchildren survive obesity, caused by these unseen additives, or will we evolve into a newer and larger version of humans who look back at us in amazement because we wore size 36 pants or a size 12 dress.