KOMBUCHA - Artists and designers are exploring the potential of microbial leather as bacterial cellulose film and a sustainable alternative to the ethically and environmentally problematic use of animal-sourced leather. Kombucha Green Tea a health promoting fermented beverage traditionally made by fermenting a sweetened green tea with a symbiotic culture of yeast species and acetic acid bacteria. Bacterial cellulose film also called biofilm, drives new promising hopes to scientists designers and food enthusiast. It has been vividly discussed as a material source for further research not only into textile but also for medical purpose. Because it has well-defined functional products and is maintained easily at the laboratory-scale, kombucha has potential as a mixed-microbial model system.
I found this interesting, “we are of the soil”, an idea given by this book “Farmacology”.
bacteria can be transported by our food, by this connection, what we eat and drink can affect the bacteria composition in our gut, and there’s a lot of impact from it. Many research shows that our personality, choice, medical condition can all be affected by our gut. This book suggests a strong connection between farming and medicine. There’s poetic communication in it, by the language of bacteria.
What is Farmacology?
Farmacology is an invented word that combines Farming and Pharmacology. It is meant to capture the idea that a farm, at its best, can be the source of powerful medicine. The book Farmacology is an exploration into the many ways that our health is connected to the health of the farm. What I discover is that this connection happens on two levels: the art and science of farming offers us valuable farm-to-body health lessons and that the farm itself gives us a whole array of healing foods.
What was the inspiration for this book?
As a doctor, I am always trying to practice in a more ecological way and to think of my patients as part of a complex ecosystem rather than as a series of organs with their own specific malfunctions and diagnoses. I have discovered that good farmers take this holistic approach since they are always fretting about the interaction between all the players in their ecosystem: soil, air, microbes, animals, humans, plants.
The more I learned about the science of farming, the more I recognized its connections to medicine. For example, did you know that our gut physiology actually mirrors what happens in the soil? The intricate nutrient exchange between soil, microbe and plant is like the dance that takes place in our intestine, involving the mucosal lining, resident microbes and food (plants and animals). The biochemical makeup of soil also roughly matches ours, with a similar nitrogen-to-carbon ratio and the same range for normal pH (6.0 to 7.5).
Finally I realized that carbon, nitrogen and every other mineral and vitamin building block in our body is derived from soil (via our food). In other words, we are not simply nourished by the soil; we are of the soil!