In the past two years, we’ve seen a string of outbreaks of new strains of E. coli that are resistant to antibiotic treatment.
We’ve also seen reports of people contracting salmonella and other foodborne illnesses, which is just one example of a huge ecosystem of microbes on our hands.
But what about the bacteria we eat and drink?
There are millions of them out there.
In fact, our food comes from a massive ocean of them.
That’s the subject of a new book, “Eat the Microbes,” by two researchers from the University of Michigan.
It’s called “Eat, Drink, and Be a Microbe: An Ecological Approach to Eating and Drinking,” and it’s published this month by Cambridge University Press.
They’re joined by a panel of experts on food, health, and the environment to help guide us as we consider what microbes in our food are good for us.
This week on “The Science of Health,” we explore the question of what the heck are we eating and drinking?
And what are the bacteria that might be responsible?
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