Real Fermenting: Fermenting Links - 24th June 2012

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Fermenting Links - 24th June 2012

These links all point to sources of information that have inspired me and influenced my fermentation philosophy. The latest is a New York Times article which really reinforces the importance of a vital culture of non-human cells within the human biome. Not everything I make is about increasing your health, but real fermentation connects all these factors: politics, health, economics and many others.

Beer Wars

On Netflix
On Amazon Instant Watch
On YouTube

This movie is a little long for what it is, but the insight and content here are both great. It goes a long way to explaining the crazy post-prohibition set of laws that the US has ended up with. Homebrewing is legal in most US states, but there are still legal restrictions on this hobby. Not aware of any anti-sauerkraut laws (or should I say, freedom cabbage?).

Bonnie Bassler on how bacteria "talk"

Fascinating talk on bacterial communication, but the first five minutes are jaw-dropping. I think it really opens up a philosophical question about "what is the you that walks around when you take a step?" Especially when considered with the Radiolab talk below, which discusses how gut flora affects your mood/state of mind.

Carl Zimmer in the New York Times

I love Carl Zimmer. I love his writing, and his work on Radiolab. This article is called Tending the Body's Microbial Garden and it covers a lot of recent research on the things that live in and with humans.

Guts, by Radiolab

If you don't already listen to Rabiolab, podcast it now, or go to their website and listen to all of their shows. It's an amazing public radio show, which is around an hour long. It's pop science with award-winning production. This show is called Guts and has three fascinating segments, each discussing a different aspect of the science of our guts.

Finally, if anyone else has any great resources and references which apply to the health side of raw and wild fermentations, please share them with us in the comments. I'd love to hear from you.>

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