For its 8th annual meeting, the UNESCO Chair in World Food Systems invited you to discuss the topic ‘Life abounds in food– microbes from the soil to our belly’
Microbes—long associated with disease and decomposition—are now being rehabilitated. Whether they be soil microorganisms, intestinal microbiota or the many different ferments used in food processing (bacteria, fungi, yeasts), microbes are essential for the development of animals and plants, their nutrition, immune system and even behaviour. How can this microbial diversity be preserved? What are the health roles of intestinal microbiota? What are the secrets of fermented foods? How do we define ourselves in relation to the universe of microbes that greatly outnumber us? The meeting showcased this invisible world.